Victory Crayne, Author

Victory Crayne

Quotations on Aspects of Life

Musings by others on life

by Victory Crayne

Copyright 2017

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One of the great discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do. - Henry Ford

To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong. - Joseph Chilton Pearce

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. - Elbert Hubbard

Do something today you've been afraid to do. A decision based on fear is the wrong decision. - Nathan Fillion

Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear. - George Addair

Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin. - Grace Hansen

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein

You solve problems by getting into the MIDDLE of them. - Charles Sheffield, 'Proteus Combined'

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always do what you are afraid to do. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet & Author

It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before…to break through barriers. - Unknown

All things are difficult before they are easy. - John Norley

Argue for your limitations and sure enough they're yours. - Richard Bach, author

Remember, anything you want that's valuable requires you break through short term pain in order to gain long term pleasure. - Anthony Robbins

Now, if you know you haven't prepared correctly, or you know you haven't worked hard enough, that's when other thoughts and emotions creep into your mind. That's stress. That's fear. It's the same process for doing anything, anywhere in life, no matter how big or small the stage. If you are confident you have done everything possible to prepare yourself, then there is nothing to fear. - Michael Jordan, basketball star

One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to surmount a fear every day. It will make you stronger, happier. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. - Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Fear makes us feel our humanity. - Benjamin Disraeli

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. - Mary Tyler Moore, Actress

Do one thing each day that scares you. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. - e. e. cummings

He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. - John Dryden

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default." - J.K. Rowling

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life that you love, you have to find the courage to live it. - John Irving

Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don't be afraid to take that first step. - Unknown

You'll never know what you're capable of until you take that first step and go fot it. - Unknown

There comes a time when you have to plant your feet, look your fear in the face, and say 'You don't get to control me anymore!' - Mandy Hale

Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. - H Jackson Brown Jr.

Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know. - Unknown

You're a ghost driving a meat coated skeleton made from stardust, what do you have to be afraid of? - Unknown

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. - May Angelou

Fear is the loudest, strongest voice you hear right now. But it's lying to you. Fear always lies. - Paula Wiseman

Self-talk is a constant in your life. You start talking to yourself when you wake up in the morning and you don't stop until you fall asleep at night. When self-talk is positive and helpful, amazing things can happen. - Diane Adkins

Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. For now you are traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. - Meg Cabot

Great things never came from comfort zones. - Ben Francia

All progress takes places outside the comfort zone. - Unknown

When you learn to do that thing that you fear more, the more you become fearless. And then you discover that the only power fear ever had was the power you gave it. - Eddie Harris Jr.

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. - Joseph Chilton Pearce

Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. For now you are traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. - Meg Cabot

This is your life. You are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don't wait. - Natalie Goldberg

The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one. - Unknown

If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives. - Unknown

Always do what you are afraid to do. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.- E. H. Harriman, Author

What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do. - Unknown

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin, author

Courage is very important. Like a muscle it is strengthened by use. - Ruth Gordon, actress

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible. - George Lorimer, author

Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision. - Winston Churchill

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. - Salvador Dali, painter

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. - Joseph Chilton Pearce, author

Doubt will take you out of action. Action will take you out of doubt. - Unknown

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. - Edmund Hillary

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened. - Michel De Montaigne, renaissance essayist

Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first. - Frederick B. Wilcox, author

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. - Ralph Sockman, American geographer

Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks. It's just a matter of how you view them. - Unknown

Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking. - Tim McMahon, author

Truth, like surgery, may hurt. But it cures. - Han Suyin, author

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life is: could have, might have and should have. - Louis E. Boone, author

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

Action makes more fortune than caution. - Luc DeClapiers, essayist

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. - Mary Tyler Moore, actress

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John F. Kennedy

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. - Teddy Roosevelt

It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear. - E. H. Harriman, writer

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. - Charles Mingus

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. – Steve Jobs

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. - Herodotus

The expert at anything was once a beginner. - Hayes

If there is a fear of falling, the only safety consists in deliberately jumping. - Carl Jung

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. - Richard L. Evans

The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do. - Sequichie Comingdeer

Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads. - Erica Jong

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. - Oscar Wilde

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. - Elbert Hubbard

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid. - Franklin P. Jones

Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it. - Richter

Fear is the tax that the conscience pays to guilt. - Sewell

It is fear that first brought gods into the world. - Unknown

In his private heart no man much respects himself. - Mark Twain

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. - Isaac Asimov

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No passion so effectively robs theits power of acting and reasoning as fear. - Edmund Burke

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear- not absence of fear. - Mark Twain

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. - Marie Curie, Nobel Prize Winner

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards. -Jean Paul Richter

A brave man is sometimes a desperado; a bully is always a coward. - Haliburton

Those who've never made a mistake work for those who've dared to. - Leon Sokolsky

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. - Soren Kierkegaard

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T. S. Eliot

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. - Edward J. Phelps

Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, I will try again tomorrow. - Mary Anne Radmacher

If you never fail, you aren't challenging yourself. - Mike Huber

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Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. - Margaret Mead

In this modern world where activity is stressed almost to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked. Yet a child's need for quietness is the same today as it has always been--it may even be greater--for quietness is an essential part of all awareness. In quiet times and sleepy times a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own. - Margaret Wise Brown

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy. - Robert A. Heinlein

As a child I never imagined that all of the real monsters of the world would be humans. - Mobeen Hakeem

In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. - Thomas Stephen Szasz

My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can. - Frank Zappa

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one. - Mark Twain

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. - Jim Rohn

The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling. - Fabienne Fredrickson

You've been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. - Louise Hay

The youth do not see the old. They are not programmed to see the old, who are cancelled, negated, wiped out. - Doris Lessing [I think one reason for this is the need to focus on survival. The other is a fear of looking at old people and thinking you might become like them. Most youth promise each other they won't get old. But they do, of course. It often catches them by surprise.]

When you’re young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You’re your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too--leave them behind. You don’t yet know about the habit they have, of coming back. - Margaret Atwood

Always be nice to those younger than you because they will be the ones writing about you. - Cyril Conolly

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair. - Mitch Albom

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. - Friedrich Nietzsche

If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old. - Edgar Watson Howe, author

It's easier to have the vigor of youth when you're old than the wisdom of age when you are young. - Richard Needham, author

Never allow yourself to become one of those people who, when they are old, tell you how they missed their chance. - Claire Ortega, author

Maturity is acting your age instead of your urge. - Unknown

You don't stop having fun because you get old, you get old because you stop having fun! - Unknown

Live your life and forget your age. - Norman Vincent Peale

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

If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. - Abigail van Buren

The purpose of an education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. - Malcolm Forbes, Magazine Publisher

The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he or she can tolerate. - Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse

If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it. - Pam Shaw, motivational speaker

The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children’s games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. - K. Chesterton, first line from The Napoleon of Notting Hill

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you’re Woolworth’s. - Jeff Bezos

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past. - H. F. Hedge

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. - Oscar Wilde

Children have more energy after a hard day of play than they do after a good night's sleep. - Dr. R. F. Gumperson

Never crowd youngsters about their private affairs. When they are growing up, they are nerve ends all over, and resent (quite properly) any invasion of their privacy. Oh, sure, they'll make mistakes- but that's their business, not yours. (YOU made your own mistakes, did you not?) - Lazarus Long

Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt. - Unknown

It is good that the young are beautiful; it is the only advantage they have. - The Duchess of Windsor

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself. - Dorothy Law Nolte

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. - Lady Bird Johnson

Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society. - Joan Ganz Cooney

If we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is. When we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be. - Goethe

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy. - Lazarus Long

You're grown up not when you can take care of yourself, but when you can take care of others. - unknown

If you can't explain it to an 8-year-old, you don't understand it. - Albert Einstein

Nobody holds a grudge like our own children. - Character Admiral Chedwiggen, in the TV series JAG.

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them. - Robert L. Evans

Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful. - Charles Osgood

Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble. - Dennis Fakes

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible--and achieve it, generation after generation. - Pearl S. Buck

One isn't born one's self. One is born with a mass of expectations, a mass of other people's ideas- and you have to work through it all. - V. S. Naipaul

A man learns to skate by staggering about, making a fool of himself. Indeed, he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself. - George Bernard Shaw

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I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me. It always comes back though...drenched with possibilities. - Valaida Fullwood

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. - Albert Einstein

Live out of your imagination, not your history. - Stephen R. Covey

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere. - Carl Sagan

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. - Albert Einstein

Fiction and poetry are doses, medicines. What they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination. - Jeanette Winterson

Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got. - Philip José Farmer

The monkey body has carried usto this moment of release, but we are coming more and more to exist in a world made by the human imagination. - Terence McKenna

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun. - George Scialabba

Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to live. - Adele Brookman

That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We install hope again and again and again. - Walt Disney

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. - Kurt Vonnegut

Indulging in fantasy keeps the mind creative. - Dr. Julian Bashir character, Deep Space Nine, in "Our Man Bashir"

Each new insight makes you see the world differently. - Unknown

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. - Jules de Gaultier

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it. - Ursula K. Le Guin

Don't tell me the sky's the limit. There's footprints on the moon. - Paul Brandt

Worry is a misuse of the imagination. - Dan Zadra, Business Executive

Imagination equips us to see a reality we have yet to create. - Unknown

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imagination, our possibilities become limitless. - Jamie Paolinett, cyclist

If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would truly astound ourselves. - Thomas Edison

Let's choose imagination over our history. - Unknown

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. - Reginald B. Mansell, World War I soldier

Ability is what you're capable of, motivation determines what you do and attitude determines how well you do it. - Lou Holtz, college football coach

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. - Benjamin Disraeli

If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions. - Susanne K. Langer, philosopher and educator

You have the power to heal your life. We think so often that we are helpless, but we're not. We always have the power of our minds. - Louise Hay, author

The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose ones attitude in any given circumstance. - Viktor Frankl, author and physician

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts will take you. - James Allen, author

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. - Walt Disney

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. - Martin Luther King

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over. - Guy Finley

If you can imagine it,
You can achieve it.
If you can dream it,
You can become it.
- William Arthur Ward

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. Linus Pauling

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain

Seek first to understand and then to be understood. - Stephen R. Covey

College isn't the place to go for ideas. - Hellen Keller

Make no little plans. They have no Magic to stir Men's blood. - D. B. Hudson

Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away. - Henry David Thoreau

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. - Maslow

I didn't know it was impossible when I did it. - Unknown

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature. - Thomas Jefferson

College isn't the place to go for ideas. - Hellen Keller

You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain

Drive is more than motivation. It is self motivation. - Unknown

Never doubt the capacity of the people you lead to accomplish whatever you dream for them. - Benjamin Zander, Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

What the mind of man can conceive, and believe, the mind of man can achieve. - W. Clement Stone from The Power of Positive Thinking

It is only the optimists who achieve anything in this world. - unknown

What is persecution if it is not the determination not to understand? - Mrs. Humphry Ward (1851-1920)

Life is what happens when you are busy making plans. - John Lennon

Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? - Frank Scully

We are what we pretend to be; so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

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When you're finished changing, you're finished. - Ben Franklin

The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character. - Isabelle Eberhardt

I've learned that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. - Unknown

I've learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts. - Unknown

I've learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. - Andy Rooney

I'm ready to listen. Are you ready to think? - Maxine

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer

We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed. - Charles Caleb Colton

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. - Voltaire

No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in their mode of thought. - John Stuart Mills

Change starts when someone sees the next step. - William Drayton, Judge

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - Goerge Bernard Shaw

To be successful you must first learn how to fail up, meaning that you learn from what you did wrong, take full responsibility for it and move on. - Penny Sansevieri

Three Simple Rules of Life
1. If you do not GO after what you want, you'll never have it.
2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be NO.
3. If you not step FORWARD, you will ALWAYS be in the same place.
- Unknown

If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives. - Unknown

You may never know what results come up. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. - Mahatma Gandhi

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. - Neil Gaiman

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. - Andre Gide

You really have to evolve into a headset where you're only going to hold yourself accountable for the things you can control. - Jeff Immelt, chief executive, General Electric

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. – Marilyn Monroe

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. - Theodore N. Vail, businessman

Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push. - Joann Thomas, Freelance Writer

The only man who can't change his mind is a man who hasn't got one. - Edward Noyes Westcott, American Novelist

Change is a funny thing. We're never quite sure of what we're becoming or why. Then one day, we look at ourselves and wonder who we are and how we got there. - Unknown

There are three reasons why people change:
1. They have learned a lot
2. They have suffered enough
3. They got tired of always the same thing
- Unknown

There is a huge difference between wanting to change and being willing to change. Almost everyone wants to change for the better. Very few are willing to take the steps necessary to create that change. - John T. Child

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. - Gail Sheehy

If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions. - Chinese Proverb

No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in their mode of thought. - John Stuart Mills

If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it." - Roger Babson, 1875-1967, Statistician and Columnist

Your ability to negotiate, communicate, influence, and persuade others to do things is absolutely indispensable to everything you accomplish in life. - Brian Tracy: Pre-eminent sales and entrepreneurship expert

Throughout all history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers, and prophets have disagreed with one another on many different things. It is only on this one point that they are in complete and unanimous agreement. We become what we think about. - Earl Nightingale

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. - Viktor Frankl, author and physician

He not busy being born is busy dying. - Bob Dylan (1941 - )

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. - Steven Weinberg

It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its talents. - Eric Hoffer

He who would like to have something he never had will have to do something well that he hasn't done yet. - Unknown

I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself. - Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host, -- O, The Oprah Magazine, December 2003

In order to have longevity [in your career], whatever you do, you have to be able to remake yourself, instead of just playing the same thing over and over again. - Dennis Quaid, Actor, -- NPR, November 2005

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

One day you will realize that for your life to change for the better, you must first change for the better. - Leon Brown

Understand that not everything is meant to be understood. Live, let go, and don't worry about what you can't change. - Unknown

It takes only one person to change your life: you. - Unknown

Things won't get better unless you think better. - Unknown

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make different choices. - Unknown

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you're feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending. - Neale Donald Walsh

Change can be scary, but you know what's scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing. - Mandy Hale

No matter how much it hurts right now, one day you'll look back and realize it changed your life for the better. - Unknown

Surround yourself with the people who make you better, and you will have better outcomes. - Unknown

The only way to get better is to surround yourself with people who believe in you. - Unknown

You cannot evolve unless you are willing to change. You will never better yourself, if you always cling to what was. - Leon Brown

When it comes to making a big change in your life you have to want it more than you fear it. - Unknown

Be with the people who bring out the best in you. - Unknown

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. - Thomas Kempis

My life didn't please me, so I created my life. - Coco Chanel

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't. - Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible. - Doris Lessing

You really have to evolve into a headset where you're only going to hold yourself accountable for the things you can control. - Jeff Immelt, chief executive, General Electric

Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better. – Walt Disney

In life, there are no shortcuts to joy. Anything that is worth pursuing requires us to suffer just a little bit. - Chris Burkard

Pain doesn't just how up in our lives for no reason. It's a sign that something in our lives needs to change. - Unknown

Makin a big life change is pretty scary. But, you know what's even scarier? Regret. - Unknown

Behind you are the challenges you've met. Before you lies new possibilities. Today you choose the direction of your life. - Unknown

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong. - Unknown

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. - Alan Alda

Today I will make magic happen. - Unknown

What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine you create. - Unknown

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal. - Paulo Ceolho

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes like meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine

Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's not reason not to give it. - Agatha Crhistie

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. - William S. Burroughs

It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. - Ralph Ellison

We must become the change we want to see. - Gandhi

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - John F. Kennedy

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. - David Lloyd George, British politician

To change one's life: start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. - William James, psychologist

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. - William James, psychologist and philosopher

If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone. - John Maxwell, author

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. - John Wooden, legendary basketball coach

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. - Nora Roberts, author

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. - Maya Angelou, author

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. - Chinese proverb

To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. - The Dalai Lama

You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person. - Scott Sorrell, sales consultant

Want to improve your relationships? See love as a verb rather than as a feeling. - Stephen R. Covey, author

Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel. Stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself. - Dara Henderson, author

I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. - Abraham Lincoln

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties; or you alter yourself to meet them. - Phyllis Bottome, author

If your life is not all you want it to be, it may be that you have some forgiving to do. - Unknown

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - Walt Disney

We can't change the cards we're dealt, just how to play the hand. - Randy Pausch, professor

Don't try to teach a whole course in one lesson. - Kathryn Murray, ballroom dancer

None of us can change our yesterdays, but all of us can change our tomorrows. - General Colin Powell

Feedback is the breakfast of champions. - Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, co-authors of The One Minute Manager

It's not about what happens. It's about perspective. I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking. - Michelle Sedas, author

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after. - Oliver Goldsmith, writer and poet

You're one connection away from being able to change your life. - Larry Bennett, author Here's the key to being free from the stranglehold of past failures and mistakes: learn the lesson and forget the details. - Jay McHugh

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. - Catherine Ponder, author

Life is like riding a bike. It is impossible to maintain your balance while standing still. - Linda Brakeall, author

One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself. - Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa

I'd rather be a 'could-be' if I cannot be an 'are;'
because a 'could-be' is 'a maybe' who is reaching for a star.
I'd rather be a 'has-been' than a 'might-have-been,' by far;
for a 'might-have-been' has never been, but a 'has' was once an 'are.'
- Milton Berle, comedian

You don't have to like change to take advantage of it. - Seth Godin

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. - Theodore H. White, Journalist

We lift ourselves by our thought. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere. - Orison Sweet Marden, founder of Success Magazine

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. - Mark van Doren, poet and educator

If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it. - Roger Babson, statistician and columnist

Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid of standing still. - Japanese proverb

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. - Roman Horace, Roman philosopher

Never leave well enough alone. - Raymond Loewy, industrial designer

In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital. - Warren G. Bennis, actor and author

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are three kinds of people in this world - those that make it happen, those that watch it happen and those that wonder what in the heck happened. - Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher

Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. - Walter Anderson, editor

Nothing erases unpleasant thoughts more effectively than concentration on pleasant ones. - Hans Selye, physician

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment. - Stephen R. Covey

Be careful the environment you choose, for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose, for you will become like them. - W. Clement Stone

Always remember that striving and struggling precede success, even in the dictionary. - Sarah Ban Breathnach, author

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. - Alvin Toffler, futurist

A man's errors are his portals of discovery. - James Joyce, Irish author

Life gets better when you get better. - Unknown

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T.S. Eliot, 1888-1965, poet and critic

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. - James Baldwin

I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. And then I realized I was somebody. - Lilly Tomlin, actress

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator and change has its enemies. - Robert F.Kennedy

Stop selling and start helping instead. - Dr. Rob Gilbert, professor

Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction. - Unknown

When we change the conversation, we change the future. - Juanita Brown, author

Disruptive innovation is not a tactic. It’s a mindset. - Richard Branson

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. - Steve Jobs

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. - Winston Churchill

The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. - Mark Zuckerberg

There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second. - Jeff Bezos

The whole point of education is to teach by example. - Jacques Turgot

Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. - Baltasar Gracian

Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel's immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with the experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we have believed to be the right and only way. - Ralph Crawshaw

It's the most unhappy people who most fear change. - Mignon McLaughlin

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified. - Samuel Johnson

Never confuse motion with action. - Benjamin Franklin

Never let your schooling interfere with your education. - Unknown

Changing things is central to leadership, and changing them before anyone else is creativeness. - Antony Jay

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. - Unknown

Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. - William James

He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it. - Von Knebel

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. - Aldous Huxley

There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all. - Peter Drucker

To change is difficult; not to change is fatal. - Amy Frisch's dad

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man. - George Bernard Shaw

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. - Bernard Berenson.

All growth, including political growth, is the result of risk-taking. - Jude Wanniski

Let him that would move the world, first move himself. - Socrates

We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't. - Frank A. Clark

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. - Gail Sheehy

Future Shock - The sense of bewilderment felt by those who were not paying attention. - Analog Magazine.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. - Epictetus

Expect to be sniped at. It's proof you're growing. - David J. Schwartz, "The Magic of Thinking BIG"

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

Change starts when someone sees the next step. - William Drayton

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions. - Vera Rubin

A mistake is only a mistake if you repeat it, otherwise, it is a learning experience. - Unknown

There is no Them, there is only Us. - Unknown

If in the last few years you hadn't discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead. - Gelett Burgess

Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe and not make messes in the house. - Lazarus Long

A winner says "Let's find out."; a loser says, "Nobody knows."

A man should never be ashamed to admit he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. -Pope

"I must do something" will always solve more problems than "Something must be done." - Unknown

We make progress if, and only if, we are prepared to learn from our mistakes. - Karl R. Popper

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein

A man's greatest strength develops at the pont where he overcomes his greatest weakness. - Elmer G. Letterman

If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. - Kurt Lewis

If you empower dummies, you get bad decisions faster. - Harley-Davidson CEO Rich Teerlink

Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music. - George Carlin

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music. - Angela Monet

Growth means change and change involves risks, stepping from the known to the unknown. - George Shinn

Progress is the mother of problems. - G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

It takes three tries to get a new idea right, especially if a physical prototype is involved. The first try will reveal any obvious shortcomings and the second try cleans these up so you can see what you really need to do. - J. Baldwin, designer and writer.

Do or do not. There is no try. - Yoda

It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. - Grace Murray Hopper

Be the change you want to see in the world. - Gandhi

Pessimist- one who complains about the wind
Optimist- one who is sure it will change for the better soon
Leader- one who gets up and adjust the sails
- Unknown

The day you stop learning is the day you start dying. - unknown

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something. - Ornette Coleman

You're either part of the solution or part of the problem. - Eldridge Cleaver

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. - Gail Sheehy

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it original dimension. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Nothing endures but change. - Heraclitus

A well-adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous. - Jane Heard

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is. - Wilhelm von Humboldt

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. - Albert Einstein

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them. - Arden Bercovitz

The way we SEE the problem IS the problem. - Stephen R. Covey, 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People'

Nothing's better for one's development that trying to keep up with people who are talking over your head. - Simon Troy, in Don't Play with the Rough Boys

If you happen to be white in a white country; pretty according to the dictates of fashion; rich in a country where money is adored, it’s almost impossible to grow up and to grow up honest inside. It is almost impossible. Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging. But to grow up, to take responsibility for the time you take up, and the space you occupy, to honor every living person for his or her humanity, that is to grow up. - Maya Angelou

Everyone has a noise in their head. We are way better than we think we are. – Seth Godin

Reason obeys itself, and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. – Thomas Paine

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy

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Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. - Jonathon Swift

It shows considerable wisdom to know what you want in life and then to direct all your energies towards getting it. - P. D. James

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life that you love, you have to find the courage to live it. - John Irving

What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable? - John Green, An Abundance of Katherines, 2008

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. - Henry David Thoreau

In the end it doesn't matter who you wanted to be, but who you ended up being. - Tanda

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. - Aristotle

Anyone can count the seeds in a melon. It takes vision to count the melons in a seed. –Unknown

Once you make the decision to move on, don't look back. Your destiny will never be found in the rear view mirror. - Mandy Hale

To attract positive things in your life, start by giving off positive energy. - Celestine Chua

Make sure you don't start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don't value you. Know you worth, even if they don't. - Thema Davis

The further backward you look, the further forward you can see. - Winston Churchill

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau

The freedom to make mistakes provides the best environment for creativity. - Unknown

You are a living magnet. What you attract in your life is in perfect harmony with your dominant thoughs. - Brian Tracy, author

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want. - Ben Stein, actor and author

An idea is a curious thing. It will not work unless you do. - Unknown

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
- Goethe

When you want to encourage a greater sense of responsibility in others (and yourself), emphasize the anticipation of accomplishment, not the penalties for failure. - Roger Crawford

Lack of planning on your part doesn't constitute an emergency on my part. - Unknown

You do what you do so well that when other people see what it is you do they want to see you do it again AND they'll bring others with them to show them what it is you do. -- Walt Disney

Self-deceit, this fatal weakness of mankind, is the source of half the disorders of human life. - Adam Smith

Always listen to experts. They'll tell what can't be done, and why. Then do it. - Robert A. Heinlein, Lazarus Long

Science is the refusal to believe on the basis of hope. - C. P. Snow

A narrow mind begets obstinacy, and we do not easily believe what we cannot see. -Dryden

A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, "We did this ourselves." - Lao-Tse

Celebrate what you want to see more of. - Tom Peters

The only limits are, as always, those of vision. - James Broughton

Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. - Johnann Wolfgang von Goethe

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. -Jonathon Swift

Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself. - Katherine Sharp

If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney

Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must. – Charles F. Kettering

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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. - William James

Do it Now!
or lose the dream!
- Source Unknown

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

It is never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliot

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. - Les Brown

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

Your biggest failure is the thing you dreamed of contributing but didn’t find the guts to do. – Seth Godin

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. - Edgar Allan Poe

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning. - Gloria Steinem

Thought is the greatest of pleasures--pleasure itself is only imagination--have you ever enjoyed anything more than your dreams? - Gustave Flaubert

If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you. - Ray Bradbury

You see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream things as they never were and ask, 'Why not?' - George Bernard Shaw

Doubt kills more dreams than failure every will. - Unknown

Your biggest failure is the thing you dreamed of contributing but didn’t find the guts to do. – Seth Godin

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched. - W Somerset Maugham

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. - Shakespeare

Only she who risks great failure can achieve great success. - Lani S. Kraus

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert Kennedy

One person working toward a dream is worth 99 people just working. - Lani S. Kraus

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. - William James, 1842-1910, Philosopher and Author

The door to your cage is open. All you have to do is walk out....if you dare. - George Lucas

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

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

Every set that I did in the gym, every repetition I did on chin-ups or on squats with 500 pounds, I never said to myself, ‘Oh my God, another rep.' I said, ‘Yes! Another rep, another rep,' because that will make my dream turn into reality. - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor and Governor of California

Build your dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. - Farah Gray

Dream big and dare to fail. - Norman Vaughan

What you think of yourself is much more important thatn what people think of you. - Unknown

Your circle of friends mus match your own aspiration and dreams, or you will find little support when you need it most. - Leon Brown

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. – Gabriel García Márquez

Follow your dreams, transform your life. - Paulo Coelho

A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities. - J. R. R. Tolkien

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. - Unknown

The ones who say you can't and you won't are probably the ones scared that you will. - Unknown

surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the dreamers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don't see it in yourself. - Edmun Lee

It always seems impossible Until it's done. - Nelson Mandela

If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs. - Tony Gaskins

Dreamers dream. Readers read. Writers write. I was born to be all three. - Terri Dysinger-Costola

My dreams did not come true. But I worked really hard. And I ended up building an empire out of my imagination. - Shonda Rhimes

The work never matches the dream of perfection that artist has to start with. - William Faulkner

Don't quit your day dream. - Unknown

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. - Dale Turner

Don't let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what. - Jack Cainfield

You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning. - Barbara Sher

When we dream alone, it is only a dream. But when we dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality. - Unknown

In one hand I have a dream, and in the other I have an obstacle. Tell me, which one grabs your attention? - Sir Henry Parkes, Australian Parliament member

The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream. - Unknown

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. - Thomas Jefferson

When you want something in life, you have to focus. - Rosalyn McMillan, author

If I spent as much time doing the things I worry about getting done as I do worrying about doing them, I wouldn't have anything to worry about. - Beryl Pfizer, TV show writer

Pay any price to stay in the presence of extraordinary people. - Mike Murdock, author

All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney

If you have not consciously made the decision to be rich, excellent, and healthy, then you have unconsciously made the decision to be poor, mediocre, and unhealthy. - Wallace D. Wattles, author

The great thing to learn about life is -- first, do not do what you DON'T want to do, and second, do what you DO want to do. - Margaret Anderson, editor

Show me a completely smooth operation and I’ll show you someone who’s covering mistakes. Real boats rock. - Frank Herbert

Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity. - Nancy Pearcey

Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none. - Richard M. DeVos

We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient. - Jeff Bezos

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. - Anatole France

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic to it. Begin it now. - Goethe

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken bird that cannot fly. - Langston Hughes

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 which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. - E. E. Cummings

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. - Thomas Jefferson

If you aim for the stars but only make it to the moon, remember there are people who have not yet made it to the moon. - Unknown

Great things are done by people who think great thoughts and then go out into the world to make their dreams come true. - Ernest Holmes

Everything starts as somebody's daydream. - Larry Niven

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. - Paul Valery

One person working toward a dream is worth 99 people just working. - Lani S. Kraus

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First we make our habits. Then our habits make us. - Charles C. Noble

Always set your mood positively every morning. Because the best way to do everything is to start something while smiling. - Justice Cabral

Comfort comes as a guest, lingers to become a host and stays to enslave us. - Linguist, Lee Bickmore

You may have habits and daily patterns that are so much a part of daily life that you may not recognize them as choices. - Unknown

We struggle against most of our exceptional qualities until we’re about forty and then, too late, find out they compose the real us. - Gertrude Stein

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice. - Octavia E. Butler

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle quotes (Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scientist and Physician, 384 BC-322 BC)

A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. - Charles Dickens

Life should be a marvel, not a habit. - Unknown

People form habits and habits form futures. - Mike Litman, speaker

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience. - Hyman Rickover, Admiral

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, entrepreneur

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. - Margaret Thatcher

Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. - Earl Nightingale

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. - Vernon Sanders Law, pitcher

The best way to break a habit is to drop it. - Leo Aikman, newspaper editor

Good habits result from resisting temptation. - Ancient proverb

You may have habits and daily patterns that are so much a part of daily life that you may not recognize them as choices. - Unknown

If you smoke on the premises, we shall assume you are on fire and treat you accordingly. - Unknown

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed down stairs one step at a time. - Mark Twain

Habit is more dependable than inspiration and continued learning is more dependable than talent. - Octavia E. Butler

Das machine is nicht fur gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy
schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und corkenpoppen mit
spitzensparken. Ist nicht fur gewerken by das dummkopfen. Das
rubbernecken sightseeren keepen hands in das pockets. Relaxen und vatch
das blinkenlights!!!

Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arugments for going on believing as we already do. - James Harvey Robinson

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning. - Mark Twain

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryun

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This one step--choosing a goal and sticking to it--changes everything. - Scott Reed

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. - Charles Caleb Colton

If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small. - Azim Premji

If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
I've lost almost 300 games.
26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot... and missed.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.
- Michael Jordan

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. - Opera Singer, Beverly Sills

Everything you want is on the other side of fear. - Jack Canfield

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Life is what happens while we're busy making plans. The interim is forever, so perhaps it makes sense to make act[ing] in the interim as we expect to act in the long haul. The first six hires you make are more important than hires 100 through 105. The first difficult ethical decision you make is more important than the one you make once you've (apparently) made it. - Seth Godin

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

If you never fail, you aren't challenging yourself. - Mike Huber

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. - Peter Drucker

The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires... courage." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, Poet and Essayist

It is never too late to be what you might have been. - Novelist, George Eliot

This one step--choosing a goal and sticking to it--changes everything. - Scott Reed

It is better to try big things, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much. - Theodore Roosevelt

The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. - Oswald Chambers

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. - Steve Jobs

Everybody is creative, and everybody is talented. I just don't think everybody is disciplined. - Al Hirschfeld

One of the most important qualities of successful people I know (regardless of profession) is that they nderstand what motivates the people around them. - Jane Friedman, writer, editor

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. - Helen Keller

You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures. - Charles C. Noble

People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them can ever imagine. - Brian Tracy

What consumes your mind, controls your life. - Unknown

The goal, I suppose, any fiction writer has, no matter what your subject, is to hit the human heart and tears ducts and the nape of the neck and to make a person feel something about [what] the characters are going through and to experience the moral paradoxes and struggles of being human. - Tim O'Brien

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matter in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

I will guarantee you that the day you step outside your comfort zone by making success your goal is the day you discover that adversity, risk, and daring will make life sweeter than you ever imagined. - Mark Burnett, Founder of the Eco Challenge

A year from now you will wish you had started today. - Karen Lamb, community activist

A goal is not just about what you accomplish. It's about what you become. - Michael Hyatt

You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures. - Charles C. Noble

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. - Michelangelo

Safest way to get what you want is to deserve what you want. - Charlie Munger, billionaire investor

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. - C.S. Lewis, author

A goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot. - Joe Vitale, author

The reason why things aren't going as planned, is that there never was a plan! - Ashleigh Brilliant, English-born syndicated cartoonist & author

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. - Earl Nightingale, motivational speaker and author

Personal growth and increased confidence take place when we are testing the limits of our lives. - Thomas Payne, inventor

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C.S. Lewis, author

Goals are dreams with deadlines. - Diana Scharf Hunt, time management consultant

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. - Confucius, 551-479 BC, philosopher

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably not wind up there. - Forrest Gump

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take many small steps. - Helmut Schmidt, German parapsychologis

The real contest is always between what you've done and what you are capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else. - Geoffrey Gaberino, Olympic swimmer

In the long run you will receive more from life doing the job you enjoy than you will ever earn in money from a job you loathe. - Terry L. Mayfield, motivational speaker

The best way to predict your future is to create it! - Abraham Lincoln

If you know what to do to reach your goal, it's not a big enough goal. - Bob Proctor, author and speaker

If you are looking for a big opportunity, seek out a big problem. - Unknown

If you hear a voice within you say, 'you can't paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. - Vincent Van Gogh

To get what we've never had, we must do what we've never done. - Unknown

Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all, other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you. - Jeffrey Gitomer, author

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done. - Arnold Palmer, golfer

The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. - E. E. Cummings, poet

You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures. - Charles C. Noble, Major General

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you are right. - Henry Ford

Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you. - Dale Carnegie

If you don't set goals for yourself, you are doomed to achieve the goals of someone else. - Brian Tracy, author

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only scarcity of resolve to make it happen. - Wayne Dyer, author

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca, philosopher

Anything I've ever done that was ultimately worthwhile initially scared me to death. - Betty Bender, Librarian

You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft--then you can add all the genius you like. - Phyllis A. Whitney

Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch-what makes you go beyond the norm. - Cicely Tyson

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. - Charles Horton Cooley

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal. - E. Joseph Cossman

I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. - Henry David Thoreau

A goal is a dream with a deadline. - Harvey Mackay

The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder. - Thomas Carlyle

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you have to give up to get it. - Sidney Howard

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. - Benjamin Mays

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. - Frank Tyger

Most of us have far more strength and energy that we normally use or believe we have. It's a scientific fact that most of us have about twice the energy and stamina we think we have. - Lawrence Galton

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How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever. - David Norris

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away. - Charles Caleb Colton

People often overestimate what will happen in the next two years and underestimate what will happen in ten. - Bill Gates

A year ago, I would've never pictured my life the way it is now. - Unknown

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. - Peter Drucker

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. - George Matthew Adams

Nothing is worth more than this day. - Goethe.

People who make the worst use of the time are the same ones who complain that there is never enough time. - Unknown

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. - Mother Teresa

How we spend our how we spend our lives. - Annie Dillard

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. - Chinese proverb

Don't ruin today by reliving yesterday's problems.

One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now. - Paulo Coelho

Life is too short to hang around cynical people. Find people who will believe in your dreams and celebrate your victories. - Joel Osteen

We waste so many days waiting for the weekend. So many nights wanting morning. Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life. - Joshua Glenn Clark

Don't be afraid to make mistakes, just be afraid of not learning from them. - Unknown

You are only going to be as good as the people your surround yourself with so be brave enough to let go of those who keep weighing you down. -Pko,

The things we focus on, and surround ourselves with ultimately shape who we become. - Unknown

Every second you spend dwelling on the past is a second of your present that you are missing. - Unknown

Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. - H Jackson Brown Jr.

We can only can function at an optimum level for about 90 minutes. In other words we can do intense work for about 90 minutes and then we need to do something else....You'll find you can do your best work in these sort of short bursts and you have creative 'oh my gosh' epiphanies and things are coming and you get it down. But then you've got to go renew yourself. - John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. - Charles Buxton

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. - George M. Adams

Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely. - Thomas P. Murphy

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? - Stephen Levine

If you could travel back in time to the present moment, what would you do differently? - Robert Brault

Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life. - Michael Leboeuf

The trouble is, you think you have time. - Buddha

As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do. - Zachary Scott King

Forget about the people in your past... they didn't make it to your future for a reason! - Unknown

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. - Susan Ertz

So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the pith of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Essays: Second Series', 1844.

People who make the worst use of their time are the same ones who complain that there is never enough time. - Unknown

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. - Carl Sandburg

Two billion years ago, our ancestors were microbes; a half-billion years ago, fish; a hundred million years ago, something like mice; ten million years ago, arboreal apes; and a million years ago, proto-humans puzzling out the taming of fire. Our evolutionary lineage is marked by mastery of change. In our time, the pace is quickening. - Carl Sagan

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot. - Michael Altshuler, personal achievement coach

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one. - John Gale, journalist. Or John Galsworthy

Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. - Henry Ford

Every day think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious human life. - The XIV Dalai Lama

To take time to think is to gain time to live. - Nancy Kline, author

A minute of thought is worth more than an hour of talk. - Unknown

Every one minute you spend in planning will save you at least three minutes in execution. - Crawford Greenwald, author

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time more wisely. - Jack London

You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. - Charles Kettering, inventor

A year from now you will wish you had started today. - Karen Lamb, community activist

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. - Bertrand Russell

Forever is a long time, but not as long as it was yesterday. - Unknown

We don't beat 'The Reaper' by living longer. We beat 'The Reaper' by living well and living fully. - Randy Pausch, professor

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. - Dan Stanford, author

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. - Chinese Epigram

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. - Robert Brault, author

People often overestimate what will happen in the next two years and underestimate what will happen in ten. - Bill Gates

It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today. - Robert Hastings

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. - Rainer Maria Rilke

To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance. -Philip Andrew Adams

How did it get so late so soon? - Dr. Seuss

New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. - James Agate

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. - Douglas Adams

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. - Isaac Asimov

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. - Hal Borland

The future starts today, not tomorrow. - Pope John Paul II

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time stays, we go. - H. L. Mencken

I wasn't as smart then as I am now. But who ever is? - Tina Turner

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. - H. Jackson Brown

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. - C. Northcote Parkinson

Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment -- this day -- is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day -- each moment of this day -- a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity. - Dan Custer

A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours. - Milton Berle

Christ believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment. - Bertrand Russell

onsistency is the product of small minds. - Merle P. Martin

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. - Bernard Berenson

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. - Susan Ertz

Give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress. - J. Robert Oppenheimer

As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every minute of time. - Mason

Dost thou love life? Then waste not time, for time is the stuff that life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin

The present time has one advantage over every other--it is our own. - Charles C. Colton

The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why it is called a present. - unknown

The future belongs to those who can smell it coming. - John Bussell

I was put on earth to accomplish a certain number of things and I am so far behind right now that I will never die. - Calvin & Hobbes

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time. - Ludlow Porch

The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for his is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe he has it. - Will Rogers

Time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. – Plato

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We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment. - Jim Rohn

The forces for mediocrity... There's a myth that all you need to do is outline your vision and prove it's right — then, quite suddenly, people will line up and support you. In fact, the opposite is true. Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance. And when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths... whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it's over. If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it's unlikely it would be worth the journey. Persist. - Unknown

There are two types of people, those who make commitments and those who keep them. - John Adams

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. - Samuel Johnson

Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. - Charles Caleb Colton

You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. - Ayn Rand

Do unto yourself as you would have others do unto you. - Theologian, Sam Keen

If you can't learn to do something well, learn to enjoy doing it badly. - Baseball Analyst, Bill James

The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost, poet

It’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you get back up. - Unknown

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. - Oscar Wilde

One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don't feel like doing it. - Todd Smith

Exerting self-control on a regular basis appears to build up a person’s capacity to call on more of this character trait in a pinch. – Roy F. Baumeister

The problem in my life and other people's lives is not the absence of knowing what to do, but the absence of doing it.- Peter Drucker

One half of life is luck; the other half is discipline - and that's the important half, for without discipline you wouldn't know what to do with luck. - Carl Zuckmeyer, 1896-1977, author and playwright

Persistence trumps talent. - Unknown

Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles; they toughen and make strong. - Norman Vincent Peale

Criticizing another's garden doesn't keep the weeds out of your own. - Unknown

Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you. - Dale Carnegie

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. - Theodore N. Vail, businessman

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. - Diane Diamond McMorris, producer, Notorious & Diamond Music Group

In the middle of every difficulty comes opportunity. - Albert Einstein

Just because you are already in shape, doesn’t mean you should stop going to the gym. - Devlyn Steele, life coach

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible. - George Lorimer, author

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author

Justifying a fault doubles it. - French Proverb

Discipline yourself, and others won't need to. - John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help yourself, the second is to help others. - Audrey Hepburn, Actress

Get mad. Then get over it. - Colin Powell, general

If you fail the first time, consider yourself normal, and try again. If you fail a second time, consider yourself special for you have what it takes to succeed. If you fail a third time, consider yourself extraordinary, for many people would have already given up. - Michelle C. Ustaszeski, Writer and Photographer

Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill. - Christopher Parker

The only thing achieved without effort is failure. - Unknown

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. - Henry Ford

That which we persist in doing becomes easier--not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased. - Emerson

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. - George E. Woodberry

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. - Sam Ewig

The harder I work, the luckier I get. - John Wooden

I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. - Calvin Coolidge

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. - Winston Churchill

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all. - Rita Mae Brown

Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. - Malcolm Forbes

It's always too early to quit. - Norman Vincent Peale

The harder you work, the luckier you get. - McAlexander

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. - George Bernard Shaw

Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves to the things we do like. - Ernest Benn

You become a champion by fighting one more round. - James J. Corbett

To be prepared is half the victory. - Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish writer

Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you what to do and you don't talk back.- W. K. Hope

Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth. - Julie Andrews

As with liberty, the price of leanness is eternal vigilance. -Gene Brown

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. - Roy L. Smith

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person. - Albert Einstein

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. - Walter Elliott

Every exit is an entrance somewhere else. - Unknown

There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. - Unknown

People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do. - Orison Sweet Marden

I hear and I forget. I see and I believe. I do and I understand. - Confucius (B.C. 551-479)

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. - Winston Churchill

Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail. - Ernest Hemingway

Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen. - Unknown

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. - Stephen King

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There is only one spend your life in your own way. - Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

If you want to be succcessful, you must respect one rule. Never lie to yourself. - Paulo Coelho

To be successful you must first learn how to fail up, meaning that you learn from what you did wrong, take full responsibility for it and move on. - Penny Sansevieri

Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill

The secret of success is constancy of purpose. - Benjamin Disreali

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Michael Korda

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. - Steve Jobs, Apple Cofounder and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, -- Stanford University commencement speech, June 2005

We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective. - Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, April 2, 1957

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. - David McCullough

Success is not final, Failure is not final: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose."
- Dr. Suess

If you really want to do something, you'll find a way; if you don't, you'll find an excuse. - Unknown

Now if you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. – George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

I will study hard, and some day my chance will come. - Abraham Lincoln

Every great human achievement is preceeded by extended periods of dedicated, concentrated effort. - Brian Tracy

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. - Charles Caleb Colton

I have more fun and enjoy more financial success when I stop trying to get what I want and start helping other people get what they want. - Larry Wilson, author

I've got an emptiness inside that won't go away. - Neil Diamond

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. - Tennessee Williams

Every achiever that I have ever met says, 'My life turned around when I began to believe in me.' - Dr. Robert Schuller, Minister & Author

If you want to succeed, don’t have a Plan B. - Alexandra Bengtsson

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. - Reggie Leach

What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. - Bob Dylan

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. - John R. Wooden

It is your attitude at the beginning of a task that determines success or failure. - Corrine Dewlow

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. - Maya Angelou

Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen

Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure. - Natalie Goldberg

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.- James Foster Dulles (1888-1959), Former Secretary of State

Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.- Unknown

Success is not success without a successor. - T.D. Jakes

To be rich in friends is to be poor in nothing. - Lillian Whiting, Author

Success is the active process of making your dreams real and inspiring others to dream. - James Anders Honeycutt

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney

Success doesn't come to you, you go to it. - Marva Collins

No one ever excused his way to success. - Dave Del Dotto, author

The secret of success is the consistency to pursue. - Harry Banks, World War I Canadian soldier

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. - Bill Cosby, actor

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. - Florence Nightingale

A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success. - Cullen Hightower, author

You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. - Winston Churchill

If you advance confidently in the direction of your own dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. - Henry Thoreau

You can't win by being more average than average. - Seth Godin, author

Don't play for safety - it's the most dangerous thing in the world. - Hugh Walpole, author

There's only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. - Vince Lombardi, football coach

The greatest wealth is health. - Virgil

Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking. - Bernard M. Baruch, financier

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, inventor & scientist

You always pass failure on your way to success. - Mickey Rooney, actor

Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be. - Charles Brower, judge

No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody always helps you. - Althea Gibson, athlete

If you try too carefully to plan your life, the danger is that you will succeed--succeed in narrowing your options, closing off avenues of adventure that cannot now be imagined. - Harlan Cleveland, American diplomat

When will you know you have enough, and what will you do then? - Barbara De Angelis, author

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. - The Dalai Lama

Achieving greatness in any endeavor begins with mastering the fundamentals. - Ivan Misner, author and founder/chairman of BNI-Business Network Int'l

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. - Ivan Misner, author and founder/chairman of BNI-Business Network Int'l

Making the most of other people's strengths and the least of their weaknesses is a surefire formula for managerial success. - Unknown

The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with winning people. - Unknown

Sometimes the Universe doesn't give us exactly what we want when we want it, because there's actually something better down the road. - Sandra Anne Taylor, author of Quantum Success

It is a very funny thing about life - if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it. - W. Somerset Maugham

Being considerate of others will take you further in life than a college degree. - Marian Wright Edelman, author

Bigness comes from doing many small things well. Individually, they are not very dramatic transactions. Together though, they add up. - Edward S. Finkelstein, author

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. - A. Lou Vickery, author

There aren't any rules to success that will work unless you do. - Unknown

You earn the right to expect recognition by giving it! It’s that simple. - Eric Harvey, author

Look for every opportunity to go the extra mile. That's how you become extra special…and extra successful. - Steve Ventura, author

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. - Peter Marshall, clerygman

I would rather fail in an attempt to do something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done. - A.E. Hotchner, author

Most of the things worth doing in the world were said to be impossible before they were done. - Louis Brandeis, jurist

When you know that you're capable of dealing with whatever comes, you have the only security the world has to offer. - Harry Browne, financial advisor and author

Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do. - Brian Tracy, speaker and author

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. - Dan Wilder, author

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. - Abraham Lincoln

The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there. - Unknown

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. - Robert Collier

You've got to ask. Asking is in my opinion, the world's most powerful and neglected secret to success and happiness. - Percy Ross, Self-made Multimillionaire and Philanthropist

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. - Jesse Jackson

The uncommon application of common knowledge will pave the way to extraordinary success. - Ivan Misner, Author and Founder / Chairman of BNI-Business Network Int'l

People who are successful succeed because they consider each mistake an opportunity to learn - not an excuse to quit. - Ivan Misner, Author and Founder / Chairman of BNI-Business Network Int'l

Failure to recognize possibilities is the most dangerous and common mistake one can make. - Mae Jamison, Astronaut

Exert control over the variables that are within your control, and you'll improve the odds that the uncontrollable variables will work in your favor. - D.A. Benton, Executive Consultant

Success is not success without a successor. - T.D. Jakes. Entrepreneur and Pastor

There are no office hours for champions. - Paul Dietzel, College Football Coach and Artist

To be rich in friends is to be poor in nothing. - Lillian Whiting, author

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. - Albert Einstein

To become the best, you must associate with and learn from the best. Nothing breeds success like success. - unknown

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. - Beverly Sills

The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything--and it works. - William Strong

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it. - Josephus Daniels

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. - Ernest Hemingway

Success is that old ABC - ability, breaks, and courage. - Charles Luckman

Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. - Sloan Wilson

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better. - Wendell Phillips

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. - Colin Powell

I want to work with the top people, because only they have the courage and the confidence and the risk-seeking profile that you need. - Laurel Cutler

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. - William Feather

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. - Salvador Dali

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance. -Bruce Barton, Cofounder, BBDO

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. - Herbert Bayard Swope

I am grateful for all my problems. As each of them was overcome I became stronger and more able to meet those yet to come. I grew on all my difficulties. - James Cash Penney, 1875- 1971, Entrepreneur & Founder of J.C. Penney Department Stores

He is the most wretched of men who has never felt adversity. - Unknown

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. - Joseph Addison

Victory belongs to the most persevering. - Napoleon, French Emperor

Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission. - Peter Drucker

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

SUCCESS: The fine art of making mistakes when nobody is looking. - Unknown

Success breeds confidence. - Charles E. Pompea's dad

A successful person is one who went ahead and did the thing the rest of us never quite got around to. - Unknown

Don't care if you're rich or not, as long as you can live comfortably and have everything you want. - Unknown

Wealth is something you acquire so you can share it, not keep it. - LaDonna Harris

If you want more, you have to require more from yourself. - Phil McGraw

Be nice to people on your way up because you'll need them on your way down. - Wilson Mizner

Success is more attitude than aptitude. - Unknown

I only learn when I have failures. I welcome failures. Because that way I am led to my discoveries. - R. Buckminster Fuller.

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is. - Unknown

Success is not a destination that you ever reach. Success is the quality of your journey.- Jennifer Jones

A successful person is one who went ahead and did the thing the rest of us never quite got around to. - Unknown

Success is the active process of making your dreams real and inspiring others to dream. - James Anders Honeycutt

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it. - Jonathan Winters

Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. - S.G. Tartakower

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein

If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he'd make a fortune. - Griff Niblack

You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee. - John H. Holcomb

I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like the walking or carrying things. - Lech Walesa

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. - William James

Henry Kaiser's Seven Keys to Success
1. Most people use only one tenth of their total capacity for work and original thought. Harness your full powers and you will be amazed at the results.
2. If you persevere, and push, and hang on long enough, you will wear down the opposition.
3. Decide what your real dreams are- then reach for them. They are closer than you think.
And so it is: you solve a small portion of the tough parts, and the remainder falls into place. The reasons for failure appear staggering if viewed collectively; individually they are not so formidable.
4. Serve the public. Find projects that fill public needs. The more people who benefit, the better it is for you, too.
5. You seldom accomplish very much by yourself. You must get the assistance of others.
I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am -- and listening to them. And I assume that EVERYONE is smarter about something than I am.
6. Achieving success demands total effort. Beware of distractions.
If you want success you must pay a price. When you have the urge for diversion- social visits, TV, cards, movies, golf - you must evaluate it by asking, Will this expenditure of time and energy help me realize my present purpose in life?
7. Conduct your affairs as if you expect today to be the last day alive: [to get it done].
Every morning he mentally lists everything he wants to accomplish before midnight. In the late afternoon he goes over the list. Every project must be completed- just as if Kaiser would not be around tomorrow to take care of loose ends. This practice permits him to start each day 'neat and uncluttered.' It forces him to make decisions as they come up, instead of stalling.
First decide what you want to do, and then have the courage to start toward the goal, no matter how impossible it looks. If you want to get there badly enough, nothing can stop you.

Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. - Robert Collier

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. - Ben Jonson

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The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. - Jayaram

Happiness is like jam. You can't spread even a little without getting some on yourself. – Unknown

Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date. – Dale Carnegie

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. - Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910, Novelist and Philosopher

Every living creature is happy when he fulfulls his destiny, that is, when he realizes himself, when he is being that which in truth he is. - Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Happiness is pride in one's achievements. - Ayn Rand

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

I've learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. - Andy Rooney

People are as happy as they choose to be. - Henry Ford

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords. - Samuel Johnson

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

Everything you're currently angry about is stopping you from being happy. - Unknown

A Great Attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a Great Life. - Mandy Hale

Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only YOU can be responsible for it. You have to invest in yourself, or no one else will. - Stacey Charter

At the end of the day before you close your eyes, be content with where you've been, and proud of who you are. - Unknown

Stop letting other people control your happiness. - Unknown

Don't let your happiness be controlled by something you can't control. - Unknown

Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. - Maya Angelou

Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length. - Robert Frost

Happy people continuously evaluate and improve themselves...Unhappy people continuously evaluate others. - Unknown

If you are unhappy, the person you need to have a consultation with is always available. - Unknown

I streamlined and simplified my life so I could have the maximum amount of time for writing and that has made my life incredibly happy. - Ann Patchett

You owe your happiness to none other than yourself. And it's yours to keep. - Tess Yarvuor

Prosperity is living easily and happily in the real world, whether you have money or not. – Jerry Gellis

Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. - Dale Carnegie

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing. – George Sheehan

Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are. – John B. Sheerin

Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It's a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don't have. – Unknown

Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances. – J. Donald Walters

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. - Cardinal Leo Josef Suenens

The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are, but on how happy others can be because of you. - Unknown

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. - Aeschylus

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Gandhi

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return. - Ben Franklin

Well done is better than well said. - Benjamin Franklin

If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you. - Paramhansa Yogananda, Indian guru

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Helen Keller

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it. - William Feather, publisher and author

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you'll be successful. - Albert Schweitzer, philosopher

He who forgets the language of gratitude can never be on speaking terms with happiness. - Unknown

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. - Edward de Bono, psychologist and physician

Recall it as often as you wish. A happy memory never wears out. - Libbie Fudim, author

It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. - Chinese proverb

When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. - Samuel Goldwyn

Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. - Martha Washington, former First Lady

Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth. - Dr. George W. Crane

It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. - Mildred Barthel, author

People are as happy as they choose to be. - Henry Ford

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. - Hugh Downs, broadcaster and television producer

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it. - William Feather, author

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. - Harold Coffin, humor columnist

Comparison is the death of true self-contentment. - John Powell, writer

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. - Gerard Ways, author

Happiness is a byproduct of what we share with others. - Douglas M. Lawson

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. - Unknown

True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents. - John W. Gardner

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde

I feel sorry for the person who can't get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile. - Walter Chrysler

I've seen better days,
but I've also seen worse.
I don't have everything I want,
but I do have all I need.
I woke up with some aches and pains,
but I woke up.
My life may not be perfect
but I am blessed.
- Unknown

Be sober and temperate, and you will be happy. - Benjamin Franklin

Find happiness in your work, or you may never find it anywhere else. - Unknown

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. - Oscar Levant

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe. - Larry Eisenberg

The grand essentials for happiness are: something to do, something to love, something to hope for. - New England Proverb

Happiness is conscious choice, not an automatic response. - Mildred Barthel

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. - Emerson, Self-Reliance.

Enjoy your life. If you don't, no one else will. - Unknown

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. - Ben Franklin

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness. - Sydney Smith

Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. - George Burns

Hatred and anger are the greatest poisons to the happiness of a good mind. - Adam Smith

Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Helen Keller

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have. - Ken S. Keyes, Jr.

Friendships multiply joys and divide grief. - Thomas Fuller

Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abrahamm Lincoln

Life is to be fortified by many friendships- to love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. - Sydney Smith

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot charge our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes. - Charles Swindoll

The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed. - Gandhi

When you worry about the problems of tomorrow, you are creating unhappiness for yourself today. - Shantidasa

The only way to have a friend is to be one. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable. - L. F. Landon

The grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. – Thomas Chalmers

The best way to cheer up yourself is to try to cheer up somebody else. – Mark Twain

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Try to get all of your posthumous medals in advance. - Unknown

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to Hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. - Unknown

Men fight for liberty, and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves. - D. H. Lawrence

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. - Lord Acton

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost. - Barack Obama

To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection, it is plunder. - Benjamin Disraeli

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. - Eugene McCarthy

There are two rules for success in life: Rule 1 - Don't tell people everything you know. - Unknown

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subdiversions. It is the one un-American act that could easily defeat us. - Justice William O. Douglas

England and America are two countries separated by a common language. - George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think for himself. - H. L. Mencken

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H. L. Mencken

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or implode their efforts to obtain it. - John Stuart Mill

No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the port authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end. - PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the need for reform in Africa.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley

Freedom is not something anyone can be given. Freedom is something people take. - James Baldwin

There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men. - Robert A. Heinlein

Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible. - Frank Herbert

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. - H. L. Mencken

Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad training. - Anna Freud

Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. - Albert Einstein

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. - Albert Einstein

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is no security in Life, only opportunity. - Mark Twain

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. - Alfred Tennyson

Bad law is more likely to be supplemented than repealed. - Dalin B. Oaks

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. - George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think. - Unknown

Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. - Jawaharial Nehru

Democracy is not a matter of sentiment, but of foresight. Any system that doesn't take the long run into account will burn itself out in the short run. - Charles Yost

Democracy is that form of government where everybody gets what the majority deserves. - James Dale Davidson

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. - E. B. White

Democracy is the worst system devised by the wit of man, except for all the others. - Winston Churchill

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. - G. K. Chesterton

Freedom comes from human beings, rather than from laws and institutions. - Clarance Darrow

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. - Albert Camus

If the people in a democracy are allowed to do so, they will vote away the freedoms which are essential to that democracy. - Snell Putney

If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitiable. - John F. Kennedy

In a bureaucratic system, useless work drives out useful work. - Milton Friedman

In an organization, each person rises to the level of his own incompetency. - The Peter Principle

In an underdeveloped country, don't drink the water; in a developed country, don't breathe the air. - Unknown

In dealing with the press do yourself a favor. Stick with one of three responses: (a) I know and I can tell you. (b) I know and I can't tell you. (c) I don't know. - Dan Rather

In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty. - Thomas Jefferson

In every hierarchy, whether it be government or business, each employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence; every post tends to be filled by an employee incompetent to execute its duties. - Laurance J. Peter

In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Men will sooner surrender their rights than their customs. - Moritz Guedemann

Men fight for freedom; then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from them. - Unknown

Liberty is the one thing you can't have unless you give it to others. - William Allen White

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws. - Aristotle

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. - George McGovern

If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it. - Charles F. Kettering

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -Ramsey Clark

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular. - Adlai Stevenson

A compromise is the art of dividing the cake in such a way that each one thinks he is getting the biggest piece.

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour. - Elbert Hubbard

A army's effectiveness depends on its size, training, experience and morale, and morale is worth more than all the other factors combined. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. - Wendell Phillips

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrawise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything--you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. - Robert A. Heinlein, 1940

They that give up a essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Ben Franklin

The word politics is derived from the word poly, meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'. - Larry Hardiman

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself public property. - Thomas Jefferson

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse. - Adlai E. Stevenson

Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.-- Alfred North Whitehead

It is not communism or capitalism that will destroy modern man, but the bureaucratic state. - Octavio Paz, the Mexican writer

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. - Albert Einstein

You can have Peace, Or you can have Freedom. Don't ever count on having both at the same time. - Robert A. Heinlein

I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. - Ayn Rand

The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter. - Winston Churchill

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys. - P. J. O'Rourke

This is not the end, it's not even the beginning of the end, but we can probably say that it's the end of the beginning. - Winston Churchill

The very purpose of the First Amendment is to foreclose public authority from assuming a guardianship of the public mind. ... In this field every person must be his own watchman for the truth, because the forefathers did not trust any government to separate the truth from the false for us. - Thomas v Collins, 323 U.S. 516 (1945)

I never give them hell; I just tell them the truth and they think it is hell. - Harry S. Truman

Civilization and profits go hand in hand. - Calvin Coolidge

Hell was a nice place to live before the lawyers and politicians moved in! - The Devil himself

Society exists for the benefits of its members; not the members for the benefit of society. - Herbert Spencer

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. - Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776

Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us. - Leo Tolstoy

When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs.
When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent.
When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don't own a gun.
Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet.
- Myhr Lyle

In Germany they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionist, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me - and by that time no one was left to speak up - Pastor Martin Niemoller

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. - Barry Goldwater

Economy is among the first and most important of republican virtures, and public debt is the greatest of the dangers to be feared. – Thomas Jefferson

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