Favorite Quotes

ACTION | ADVERSITY | ASKING | ATTITUDE | AUTHENTICITY | BALANCE | BELIEF | BITTERNESS | CHANGE | CHARACTER | CLUTTER | DECISIONS | DESIRE AND DRIVE | DETAILS | DISCIPLINE | DREAM | ENERGY/ENTHUSIASM | EXCELLENCE | EXPERTS | FACTS | FAILURE | FEAR | FEEDBACK | FLEXIBILITY | FOCUS | GIVING | GIVING AND FORGIVING | GOALS | HABITS | HEALTH | HUMILITY | IMAGINATION | IMPROVEMENT | INNOVATION | INSPIRATION | LEADERSHIP | MENTORS | OPPORTUNITY | PASSION | PERSISTENCE | PERSPECTIVE | PLANNING | POSSIBILITIES | PRAISE | PURPOSE | REJECTION | RELATIONSHIPS | RISK | SALES | SELF-ESTEEM | SIGNIFICANCE | SUCCESS | THINKING | TIME | VISION | WEALTH | WORDS | WORK | WONDER

ACTION

“Seize the moment! Remember all those women on the TITANIC that waved off the dessert cart.” — Erma Bombeck

“Make today your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

“I saw opportunity appear in an ugly six-spindle shake machine … and grabbed it.” — Ray Kroc.

“Well, do anything, if you do something right, we’ll use it, and if you do something wrong, we’ll fix it, but do something and do it now.” — Louis B. Mayer

“If your ship doesn’t come in, you swim out and meet it.” — Jonathan Winters

“Can’t could never do anything, so hurry up.” — Sen. Bob Dole’s mother

“Give us this day, our daily bread.” – Matthew 6:11

ADVERSITY

“Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.” — Joe Clark

“People laughed at the way I dressed, but that was the secret of my success. I didn’t look like anyone.” — Coco Chanel

“Don’t bring anything to me but trouble.” — Charles Kettering

“If they like me, they like me, and if they don’t, they don’t. I don’t care. I’ll still buy ‘em a drink.” — Larry Holmes

“When you’re over the hill, you pick up speed.”–– Charles Schulz

“I’ve never known anybody to achieve anything without overcoming adversity.” – Lou Holtz

“I was too busy to cry, I had a life to lead.” — Magic Johnson

ASKING

“The key to getting everything you want is to never put all your begs in one ask-it!” — Source Unknown

“Don’t hurt none to ask.” — Paul “Bear” Bryant.

“I only know one way of securing a collection, and that is to ASK for it.” — Howard Gotlieb

“Always the beautiful answer who asks the more beautiful question.”– E.E. Cummings

ATTITUDE

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” — Phyllis Diller

“I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to know what can’t be done.” — Henry Ford

“They are going to fire you, they are going to be nasty, heartless, unsympathetic, does that mean you never take the job? Have a good laugh.” — Pierce Brosnan.

“Remember the steam kettle; though up to its neck in hot water it continues to sing.” — Brownie Wise

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.” — Lou Gehrig

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds, and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.” — George Best

“My age now, like my age 20 years ago, marks the year in which I was born. That’s all.” — Art Linkletter.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day because I wasn’t the foreman on that job.” — Anonymous

“Begin with the determination to succeed and the work is half done already.” — Mark Twain

“When I was a Beatle, I thought we were the best group in the goddamn world, and believing that is what made us what we were.” — John Lennon.

“It never occurred to me that I might lose …. Thinking like that often seems to turn out into sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy.” — Sam Walton

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” — Anita Roddick

AUTHENTICITY

“Nullius in verba.” Latin for “Take nobody’s word for it; see for yourself.”

BALANCE

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” — Abraham Lincoln

“The world of is full of suffering, and the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller

BELIEF

“Without prayer, I should have been a lunatic a long time ago.” — Gandhi

“Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness the only real religion.” — Israel Zangwill

“… behind all discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible, and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent, I am, in fact religious.” — Albert Einstein

“I, at any rate, am convinced that He [God] does not throw dice.” — Albert Einstein

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. The beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” — George Muller

“We all die in the end, but there’s no reason to die in the middle.” — David Mamet

Accept religion on your own terms, and be a sincere practitioner.” — 14th Dalai Lama

BITTERNESS

“You have more of a feeling of personal resentment than I have. Perhaps, I have too little of it, but I never thought it paid.” — Abraham Lincoln

“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.” — Booker T. Washington

“Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” — Abraham Lincoln

“I am going to meet people today who talk too much, people who are selfish, egotistical, ungrateful. But I won’t be surprised or disturbed, for I couldn’t imagine a world without such people.” — Marcus Aurelius

CHANGE

“No two days are alike, not even two hours. Neither were there two leaves alike since the creation of the world.” — John Constable

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” — Eric Shinseki

“Presume not that I am the thing that I was.” — Prince Hal from Shakespeare’s Henry IV

CHARACTER

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“… before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” — Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Sharon Watkins

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” — Oscar Wilde

“Don’t ever walk by a wilting plant. Get water on it right away.” — Jack Dangermond

CLUTTER

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute — and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.” – Einstein

“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” — Johnnie Cochran

DECISIONS

“Wherever you see a successful business, someone made a courageous decision.” — Peter Drucker

“Any decision you make isn’t worth a tinkers damn until you have formed the habit of making and keeping it.” — Henry Ford

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Viktor Frankl

DESIRE AND DRIVE

“When you want knowledge as much as you want air, you shall have it.” — Socrates

“From a certain point on there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.” — Franz Kafka

“We must either find a way or make one.” — Hannibal

“I swear so soon as age will permit … I will use fire and steel to arrest the destiny of Rome.” — Hannibal

“As good as business was, I never could leave well enough alone, and, in fact, I think my constantly fiddling and meddling with the status quo may have been one of my biggest contributions to the success of Walmart.” — Sam Walton

“Gentleman, on that very spot, I will build the world’s greatest store, no matter how many times it may burn down.” — Marshall Field

“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.” — Norman Vincent Peale.

“It’s not racing I love, it’s winning.” — Jeff Gordon

“… the winner is the one who believes in victory more.” — Novak Djokovic

“I go out there and be the best teammate I can be, because the goal in life is to win.” — Tom Brady

“Mt. Everest, you have defeated me. But I will return. And I will defeat you. Because you can’t get any bigger and I can.” — Sir Edmund Hillary

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you are going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Horace Lorimer

“We never quit trying. I know that’s kind of corny, but the fact is we never quit trying. The dugout was alive even when we were behind. And sometimes it works.” — Tony La Russa

DETAILS

“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.” — Michelangelo

DISCIPLINE

“Discipline is liberation.” — Martha Graham

“I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s.” — William Blake

“You get a checklist, and then you just sort of ride herd on it. It’s just a few items on a single sheet of paper.” — Kirk Kerkorian

“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” — Plato

DREAM

“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” — Carl Sandburg

“Always remember this whole thing (the Walt Disney Company) was started by a mouse.” — Walt Disney

“I look with amazement upon our audacity in attempting flights with a new and untried machine.” — Wilbur Wright

“Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were and say why not.” — George Bernard Shaw

“You need to dream a bigger dream for yourself. That is the lesson. Hold the highest vision possible for your life and it can come true.” — Oprah

“Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket.” — Jim Rohn

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“I used to sit in the studio with a copy of the (Saturday Evening) Post laid across my knees … And then I’d conjure up a picture of myself as a famous illustrator and gloat over it, putting myself in various happy situations, surrounded by admiring females, deferred to by office flunkies at the magazines, wined and dined by the editor…” — Norman Rockwell

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” — John Barrymore

“The dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” — Judy Garland (song)

ENERGY/ENTHUSIASM

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.” — Vince Lombardi

EXCELLENCE

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Any other bright-minded fellow can accomplish as much as I did if he will stick [to it] like hell and remember that nothing that’s any good works by itself, you got to make the damn thing work.” — Thomas Edison

“You can’t quit when you’re tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.” — Robert Strauss.

“When you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember this, you haven’t.” — Robert H. Schuller

EXPERTS

“I know Walt talks a lot about this Disneyland idea, but it probably won’t amount to anything.” — Roy Disney, Walt Disney’s older brother

“Musically, The Beatles are a near disaster: guitars slamming out a merciless beat that does away with secondary rhythms, harmony, and melody. Their lyrics, punctuated by nutty shouts of ‘yeah, yeah, yeah,’ are a catastrophe, a preposterous farrago (hash or jumble) of Valentine-card romantic sentiments.” — Time Magazine

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” — Charles Duell, head of the U.S. Patent Office in 1899.

“There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now.” — Lord Kelvin in 1900

“There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” — Robert Millikan.

Stocks have reached “what looks like a permanently high plateau.” — Yale Professor Irving Fisher, just before the 1929 Crash. Instead, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell from a high of 381.2 in 1929 to below 50 in 1932

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” — Harry Warner.

“The world will little note what we remember or say here.” — Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1863, to dedicate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery

FACTS

“Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him?” — Calvin and Hobbes

“Facts do not cease to be because they are ignored.” — Aldous Huxley

“I guess if you want to know one single thing I’m about, it’s that I’m against easy answers.”– Scott Peck

FAILURE

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

FEAR

“Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” — Mark Twain

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” — Bill Cosby

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” — James Thurber

“Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.” — M.C. Richards

FEEDBACK

“To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback.” — Steve Hovley

“If one person tells you you’re a horse, they’re crazy. If three people tell you you’re a horse, there’s a conspiracy afoot. But if 10 people tell you you’re a horse, it’s time to buy the saddle.” — Anonymous

FLEXIBILITY

“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life.” — Henry David Thoreau

“An inventor is simply a person who doesn’t take his education too seriously.” — Charles Kettering

“Why not a sponge?” — Sponge Bob creator Stephen Hillenburg

FOCUS

“We all sit around in a circle and suppose, while the secret sits in the center and knows.” — Robert Frost

“Astonishing things can be done with the human memory if you will devote it faithfully to one particular line of business.” — Mark Twain

“I always knew that my attitude was my choice. I could choose to despair or to be hopeful. But to be hopeful, I needed to be focused on something I wanted. I focused on my wife’s hands. I wanted to hold them one more time. I wanted to think that we could embrace again and be heart to heart one more time. That kept me alive. Second by second by second.” — Viktor Frankl

“Put all your eggs into one basket and then watch the basket.” — Andrew Carnegie

GIVING

“A candle can cast as much light as a chandelier.” — Peter Bennett

“A man who dies rich dies disgraced.” — Andrew Carnegie

“How can you patent the sun?” — Jonas Salk

“Money itch is a bad thing. I never had that trouble.” — A.P. Giannini

“You take everything I’ve made the last 16 years. I’ll take my freedom.” — Tina Turner

“The ideal man takes joy in doing favors for others.” — Aristotle

“No one is useless is this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.” — Charles Dickens

“We’re put here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don’t know.” — W.H. Auden

GIVING AND FORGIVING

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” — Nelson Mandela

“Always remember, my good friends, that there is one sin we must never commit, and it is to humiliate another person or to allow another person to be humiliated in our presence without us screaming and shouting and protesting.” — Elie Wiesel

“The greatest living person in the world is some individual who at this very moment has gone in love to help another.”– Albert Schweitzer

GOALS

“It is never too late to be who you might have been.” — George Eliot

“I want to do something big, something important.” — George Bailey, portrayed by Jimmy Stewart, from It’s A Wonderful Life

“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.” — Robert Browning

“Not failure, but low aim, is a crime.” — James Russell Lowell

“When people leave my show, I want them to say, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that in my life … It’s amazing. He’s the greatest entertainer in the world.’” – Michael Jackson

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison

HABITS

“Ill habits gather by unseen degrees – As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.” — John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

“The cumulative purpose of doing these things the same way every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you’re going to be dreaming soon.” — Stephen King

“Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods.” — Alexander Graham Bell

“The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” — Samuel Johnson

“Habit rules the unreflecting herd.” — William Wordsworth

HEALTH

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” — Doug Larson

Don’t exceed the feed limit!”

“Your waistline is your lifeline.”

“A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” – Jack LaLanne

HUMILITY

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” — C.S. Lewis

“Looking back on one’s life,” he recalled, “you say, ‘Gee, what have I done? Have I done enough for the world to justify having been here?’ That’s a big worry — to people from Montana, at least.” — Maurice Hilleman

“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of Truth lay all undiscovered by me.” — Newton

IMAGINATION

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Why, sometimes, I’ve believed six impossible things before breakfast.” — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

“I pictured myself as a virus of a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like,” he said about his unique approach for developing a successful polio vaccine. — Jonas Salk

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” – John Lennon

… it remains for us to live as though it were not so.” .– H.G. Wells

“The future may require not so much having a new idea as stopping having an old idea.” — Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid camera

“If you know where it’s going, it’s not worth doing.” — architect Frank Gehry

IMPROVEMENT

“Don’t go through life, grow through life.” — Eric Butterworth

“It’s what you know after you know it all that counts.” — John Wooden

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers

“I have never met a man who was not my superior in some particular.” — Emerson

“I’ve spent my life trying to be better than I was, and I am a brother to all who share the same aspiration.” — James Michener

Nobody can stop you from getting better, and nobody can stop you from trying to make something right.” — Roseanne Barr

“As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot.” — Ray Kroc

INNOVATION

“He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.” — Francis Bacon

“There is nothing new under the sun.” — Ecclesiastes 1:9

INSPIRATION

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LEADERSHIP

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

“This above all, to thine own self be true.” — Shakespeare

“Who steals my purse steals trash … but he that filches from me my good name … makes me poor indeed.” — Shakespeare

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” — C.S. Lewis

“The only sacred cow in an organization should be its basic philosophy of doing business.” — IBM founder Thomas Watson

“I’ve tried to make the men around me feel as I do, that we are embarking as pioneers upon a new science and industry,” he said. “Our job is to keep everlastingly at research and experiment.” — William Boeing

“Have more than showest, speak less than thou knowest.” — Shakespeare

“If I walk into a meeting and I’m the smartest guy in the room, we’ve got a problem.” — Ken Williams

“When you set yourself on fire, people love to see you burn.” — John Wesley

“A successful man,” said American newscaster David Brinkley (1920-2003), “is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

“One man with courage makes a majority.” — Andrew Jackson

“I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.” G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

“One bad general will beat three good generals.” — Old military saying

“I am more afraid of one hundred sheep led by a lion than one hundred lions led by a sheep.” — Talleyrand

“It was the nation that had the lion’s heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.” – Winston Churchill

“You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.” — Harry S. Truman

MENTORS

“O, how wretched is that poor man that hangs on princes’ favors.” — Shakespeare (Henry VIII)

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

“I had no advice, no counsel, no encouragement, no consolation, no assistance, no support, of any kind, from anyone, that I can call to mind, as I hope to go to heaven!” — Charles Dickens

OPPORTUNITY

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” — John D. Rockefeller

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” — Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

“Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.” — Shakespeare

PASSION

“You know what I make? I make a difference. What about you?” — Susan Friedman

“Are you man enough to pitch a harpoon down a live whale’s throat and jump after it?” — Capt. Peleg (the movie Moby Dick)

“While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight. While there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor girl lost on the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight — I’ll fight to the end.” — William Booth

“I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.” — George Burns

PERSISTENCE

“Paralyze resistance with persistence.” — Woody Hayes

“You write to me that it’s impossible. The word is not French.” — Napoleon

PERSPECTIVE

“Advice to children crossing the street: Damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain’t never killed nobody.” — Moms Mabley

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Ninety-nine percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.” — Unattributed

“It’s better to be looked over than overlooked.” — Mae West

“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” — Picasso

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” — Norman Cousins

“If all mankind could look through that telescope, it would change the world.” — Col. Griffith J. Griffith

PLANNING

“The best surprise is no surprise.” — Kemmons Wilson

“Riches don’t’ respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.” — Napoleon Hill

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” — Yogi Berra

“Every battle is won before it is fought.” — Sun Tzu, Chinese general thought to have authored Art of War

“It’s never too late to be what you might have become.” — George Eliot

“If you don’t think of the future, you won’t have one.” — Henry Ford

POSSIBILITIES

“I ask for the world and then I get a small piece of the world.” — Madonna

“Possibility-thinking is the long sought-after fountain of youth.” — Robert H. Schuller

PRAISE

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” — Mark Twain

“Your praises will become your wages.” — Shakespeare

“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.” — Bill Walsh

“A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.” – Abraham Lincoln

PURPOSE

“It’s the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.” — Thomas Carlyle

“Every rep I did on chin-ups, on squats with 500 pounds, I never said, to myself, ‘Oh, my God, another rep.’ I said, ‘Yes, another rep, because that will make my dream turn into a reality.’”– Sylvester Stallone

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do? And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” — Steve Jobs

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker

“Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, then life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” — Langston Hughes

“The search for truth is more important than its possession.” — Einstein

REJECTION

“Through my illness I learned rejection. I was written off. That was the moment I thought, Okay, game on. No prisoners. Everybody’s going down.” — Lance Armstrong

“By the time I was 14, the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.” — Stephen King

“You have to learn to take rejection not as an indication of personal failing but as a wrong address.” — Ray Bradbury

“The point is, I can’t tell you how to succeed. But I can tell you how not to: Give in to the shame of being rejected and put your manuscript — or painting, song, voice, dance moves, [insert passion here] — in the coffin that is your bedside drawer and close it for good. I guarantee you that it won’t take you anywhere.” — Kathryn Stockett

“You may have to quit for a while and sell some aluminum siding, but you don’t have to give up your dreams.” Jim Carrey

“By indignities men come to dignities.” — Francis Bacon

“The things which hurt, instruct.” — Benjamin Franklin

RELATIONSHIPS

“Tell me what company you keep and I’ll tell you what you are.” — Miguel de Cervantes

“Would it not be much better to pull the wagon to its goal by our joint efforts now that we have it underway, and gradually with powerful voices, to shout down the common herd, which really does not weigh the arguments very carefully.” — Johannes Kepler

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin

“The ornaments of our life are the friends who frequent it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When angry, count to 10 before you speak. If very angry, a hundred.” — Thomas Jefferson

“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” — Orson Welles

“My friends are my estate.” — Emily Dickinson

RISK

“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are for.” — John A. Shed

“It takes guts to leave the ruts.” – Rober H. Schuller

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You may be able to see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” — E.L. Doctorow

“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.” — Samuel Johnson

“It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.” — John Paul Jones

SALES

“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”

“The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!” — Marvin Phillips

SELF ESTEEM

“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” — W.C. Fields

“I never suffered for lack of confidence. I knew I would succeed; you have to. I think I couldn’t go into any venture any other way.” — Brian Williams

“Nothing a man can’t do if he believes in himself.” — Charlie Allnut (African Queen)

“… at the end of the day, I knew I had the talent and what it took to win football games. I just needed an opportunity.” — Michael Vick

“A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“I don’t have to be what you want me to be I’m free to be what I want.” — Muhammad Ali

“They are able who think they are able.” — Virgil

SIGNIFICANCE

“You’re a religious man. You believe in God and life after death. I also believe. When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask us, ‘What have you done?’ there will be many answers. You will say, ‘I became a jeweler.’ Another will say, ‘I smuggled coffee and American cigarettes.’ Still another will say, ‘I built houses,’ but I will say, ‘I didn’t forget you.'” — Simon Wiesenthal

“Right now, I’m not fit to do anything except make brooms or baskets or sell cigars.” — John Atkinson

The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” — William James

SUCCESS

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, for it will become your destiny.” — Hillel the Elder

“If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.” — Ray Kroc

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

“It’s okay to lose, just don’t lose the lesson.” — George Lucas

“If I can write like this and get away with it, why should I keep trying to write like the New York Times?” — Hunter F. Thompson

“No self-respecting pitcher throws the same way to every batter and no self-respecting salesman makes the same pitch to every client.” — Ray Kroc

THINKING

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“As a man thinketh in his heart so he is.” — Jesus Christ

A person is not measured from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet, but from their shoulders to the sky.” — John Rice

“You can’t have too much hope, right?” – Mark Kelley

“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” — Napoleon

“My boy, you must find a kingdom big enough for your ambitions. Macedon is too small for you.” — Philip of Macedon

“I want my kids to know that they’re just as good and just as American as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, or Dr. Martin Luther King. My worst fear is they will become ordinary.” — Rafe Esquith

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

“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives.” — William James

TIME

“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.” — Oscar Wilde

“Live in the past only insomuch as it points to the future.” — Cherokee Proverb

“What’s gone and what’s past should be past grief.” — Shakespeare

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which have never happened.” — Montaigne

“The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.”– George Bernard Shaw

“… anything is better than indecision. We must decide. If I am wrong, we shall soon find out and can do the other thing. But not to decide wastes both time and money and may ruin everything.” — Ulysses S. Grant

VISION

“I look with amazement upon our audacity in attempting flights with a new and untried machine.” — Orville Wright.

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want to change the world?” — Steve Jobs

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” — Wayne Gretzky

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” — (Proverbs 29:18)

“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head.” — Jack Nicklaus

“I came to realize that fantasizing, projecting yourself into a successful situation, is the most powerful means there is of achieving personal goals.” — Leonard Lauder

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and we reach it.” — Michelangelo

“If you don’t look ahead, you’ll always be behind.” –Harvey Mackay

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all share the same horizon.” — Konrad Adenauer

WEALTH

“If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.” — Earl Wilson

“Equity, ownership, production fees, license fees: those are the vocabulary words that are exciting to me.” — Ryan Seacrest

“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.”– Benjamin Franklin

“Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.” — Benjamin Franklin

“One thing my and mother and dad shared completely was their approach to money — they just didn’t spend it.” — Sam Walton

“I’ve owned about 18 airplanes over the years, and I’ve never bought one of them new.” — Sam Walton

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” — Will Rogers

“I found the road to wealth when I decided that a part of all I earned was mine to keep.” — George Clason

“If I get a lot of cash in my wallet, it’s not good when I’m driving my car because it bothers my back.” — Troy Caldwell

WORDS

“After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.” — Will Rogers

“Man is only half himself, the other half is his expression.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”– George Orwell

“Never use a gallon of words to express a spoonful of thought. Our unadorned word should be enough.” — John Stott

“Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English, not forgetting to strive for smoothness. Be positive, not negative.” – AP Stylebook

WORK

“Fatigue is the best pillow.” — Benjamin Franklin

“I don’t know why I’m here. I never got a degree, and I’ve only worked half days my entire life. I guess my advice to you is to do the same. Work half days every day. And it doesn’t matter which half … the first 12 hours or the second 12 hours.” — Kemmons Wilson

“I couldn’t get a job. When you’re not working, you’re old. And when you’re 91, and you’re working, you’re 18. — Centenarian George Burns

“I have only one thought: work. When I work, I relax; not doing anything or entertaining visitors makes me tired. I have no choice but to earn my life.” — Picasso

“I work from fatigue to fatigue … at my age there’s only so much daylight left.” — Norman Rockwell

“Some people die twice: once when they retire, and again when they actually pass away. Fear of the first one is a big incentive for me to keep working.” — Vin Scully

“When I finish with one thing very well, I start some other thing. I don’t like to stop. I like to continually prove myself.” — Pierre Cardin

“Never is work without reward, or reward without work.” — Livy

“It would seem to me that I was committing a theft if I were to let one day go by without doing some work.” — Louis Pasteur

“I have striven for perfection, it has always eluded me, but I surely had an obligation to make one more try.” — Giuseppe Verdi

“Retirement is unthinkable to me. The future is bright and very exciting and I’m looking forward to playing a part in it.” — Hugh Hefner

WONDER

“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread,” he said, “then they can sure make something out of you.” — Muhammad Ali

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” — George Bernard Shaw