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Motivational Quotes


"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

-- George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish-Born Writer 



"Only those who can see the invisible, can accomplish the impossible!"

-- Patrick Snow, Author  



"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." 

-- Jim Rohn 


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal."

-- Henry Ford, 1863-1947, Founder of Ford Motor Company 


"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

-- Zig Ziglar, Speaker and Author 


"Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down."

-- Charles F. Kettering, 1876-1958, Engineer and Inventor


"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of." 

-- Benjamin Franklin 


The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.  

-- Ayn Rand 


"To thine ownself be true"  

-- Shakespeare



"Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine."

-- William Feather, 1889-1981, Author and Publisher 


"If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it?" 

-- Neale Donald Walsch, Author 


"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game."

-- Voltaire, 1694-1778, Historian and Writer 


"I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy...you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in." 

-- Katherine Mansfield, 1888-1923, Writer



"What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."  

-- Mary Pickford



"An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him."  

-- Zig Ziglar 


"You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation."

-- Bette Davis, 1908-1989, Oscar Award-Winning Actress 


"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."  

-- Chinese proverb



"It is no sin to attempt and fail. The only sin is to not make the attempt." 

-- Suellen Fried, Author and Speaker 


"Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self discipline until you create a positive mental attitude - your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are."

-- Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of "Think and Grow Rich" 



"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life, you will have been all of these."

-George Washington Carver



"Until you are committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, ineffectiveness. It is true: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves. All sorts of things begin to happen to help you that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from that decision, raising in your favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which you couldn't have dreamt would come your way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets, which bears repeating:

"Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute. What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

- W.H. Murray, Scottish Mountaineer



"People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile...Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project...Always have something ahead of you to "look forward to" - to work for and to hope for."

-Maxwell Maltz



"Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation."

-Roger Staubach



"Fear is nature's warning to get busy."

-Henry Link



"If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain."

-Dolly Parton



"Success is 99% failure."

-Soichiro Honda



"Good enough never is."

-Debbi Fields



"See everything. Overlook a great deal. Improve a little."

-Pope John XXIII



"Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who put them into action are priceless."




"Be the change you want to see in the world."




"If you hear a voice within you saying, "You are not a painter," then by all means paint...and that voice will be silenced."

-Vincent Van Gough



"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you."

-Frank Tyger



"When I do good, I feel good ;when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion."

-Abraham Lincoln



"Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation."

-Roger Staubach



"Character is not made in a crisis, it is only exhibited."

-Robert Freeman



"It's alright to be Goliath, but always act like David."

-Phil Knight



"Wise people learn when they can. Fools learn when they must."




“Its not what you are that counts, but what people think you are.” 

-- Joseph Kennedy, Billionaire 

"What is morality" she asked. "Judgment to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price."  

-- Ayn Rand 

"The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams." 

-- Og Mandino, 1923-1996, Author 


You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event - it is a habit." 

-- Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher and Scientist 


"Be creative. Use unconventional thinking. And have the guts to carry it out." 

-- Lee Iaccoca, Automobile Executive and Author 


"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face...You must do the thing you think you cannot do." 

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, Social Activist and Former First Lady 


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

-- Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Author of "The Power of Positive Thinking" 


"Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity." 

-- Frank Leahy, 1908-1973, Award Winning Notre Dame Football Coach 


"A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."

-- Herm Albright 


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

-- Maya Angelou, Author and Poet 

Every achiever that I have ever met says, "My life turned around when I began to believe in me." 

-- Dr. Robert H. Schuller, Minister 

"You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others?...Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy." 

-- Lydia M. Child, 1802-1880, U.S. Abolitionist and Writer 


"Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so." 

-- Belva Davis, Award-Winning Journalist 


"Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement." 

-- Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Industrialist 


"If you really want something, work hard, take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way." 

-- Jane Goodall, Scientist and Researcher 


"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." 

-- Anatole France, 1844-1924, French Novelist 


"Leaders are not born; they are made. And, they are made just like anything else - through hard work. And that is the price we'll have to pay to achieve any goal." 

-- Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, Hall of Fame Football Coach 


"Goals: There is no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There is no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There is no telling what will happen when you act upon them." 

-- Jim Rohn, Author and Speaker 


"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." 

-- Michael Jordan, Professional Basketball Player 


"Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low." 

-- Tom Peters, Writer and Speaker 


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

-- Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of "Think And Grow Rich" 


"You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle." 

-- George Lucas, Film Director and Producer 


"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 which he hears, however measured or far away." 

-- Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, Writer and Philosopher 

"Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business has two - and only two - functions: Marketing and Innovation. Marketing and Innovation produce results. All the rest are costs."  

--Peter Drucker 


"It is a process of diverting one's scattered forces into one powerful channel."  

--James Allen 

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."  

--Peter Drucker 


"The best kept secret in the global economy today is this: When your service is AWESOME you get so stinking rich you have to buy new bags to carry all the money home."  

--Tom Peters 


"Where you've been is not half as important as where you're going."  

-- Anonymous 


"Here is a simple but powerful rule … always give people more than they expect to get."  

-- Nelson Boswell 

"The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."  

-- Albert Einstein 

"You don't build it for yourself. You know what the people want and you build it for them."  

-- Walt Disney 

"Enough about you … let's hear about me."  

-- Cynthia Heimel 


"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself."  

-- Galileo 


"I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change." 

-- Jim Rohn, Author and Speaker 

"The teacher, if indeed wise, doe not bid you to enter the house of their wisdom, but leads you to the threshold of your own mind."  

-- Kahil Gibran 

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  

-- Anonymous 

"You are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power; and yet you have the key in your own hands, and you may use it the moment you learn to control your thoughts."  

-- Napoleon Hill 


"Success - my nomination for the single most important ingredient is energy well directed.  

-- Louis Lundborg 


"No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought."  

-- John Stuart Mill 


"Any fact not facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure."

-- Norman Vincent Peale 


"The system works … if you work the system."  

-- Macrae Ross 


The E Myth. Most entrepreneurs are merely technicians with an entrepreneurial seizure. Most entrepreneurs fail because you are working IN your business rather than ON your business."  

-- Michael Gerber 


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

-- John Wooden 


"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life."  

-- Robert Louis Stevenson 


"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning." 

-- Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian Nationalist Leader 


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." 

-- Walt Disney, 1901-1966, Cartoon Artist and Producer  


"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom." 

-- James Allen, 1864-1912, Author of "As A Man Thinketh" 

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee." 

-- Marian Wright Edelman, Lobbyist on Behalf of Children 


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

-- Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Philosopher and Author 

"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace." 

-- Helen Keller 


"I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough." 

-- Red Skelton, 1913-1997, Comedian 


"Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon them and to let them know that you trust them." 

- Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915, Educator and Writer 

"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him, for an investment in knowledge pays the best interest." 

-- Joseph E. O'Donnell 


"I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's where the fun is." 

-- Donald Trump, Real Estate Investor and Author 


"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they never quit." 

-- Conrad Hilton, 1887-1979, Hotel Executive 


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

-- Bill Cosby, Actor and Comedian 


"Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret and life a beautiful success." 

-- Louisa May Alcott, 1832-1888, Author 


"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito." 

-- Author Unknown 


"There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen." 

-- Wayne Dyer, Psychotherapist and Writer 


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

-- Mary Kay Ash, 1915-2001, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics 


"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." 

-- Mary Pickford, 1893-1979, Actress and Producer


"We can't fear the past. Fear is a future thing. And since the future's all in our heads, fear must be a head thing." 

-- Tom Payne, Career Development Expert 

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

-- Malcolm Forbes 


"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." 

-- Helen Keller, 1880-1968, Author and Lecturer 


"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." 

-- Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, Former British Prime Minister 


"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there." 

-- Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Author of "The Power of Positive Thinking" 


"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway." 

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, Former First Lady 


"Shoulda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done. In attacking adversity, only a positive attitude, alertness, and regrouping to basics can launch a comeback." 

-- Pat Riley, Legendary Basketball Coach 


"Honesty, good intentions and industry, you will have of course. Without these your career would soon end with the loss of your good name. But you must be ambitious to be a good deal more." Webb Hayes, his son, went on to found what had become the Union Carbide Corporation. 

-- Rutherford B. Hayes 


"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it." 

-- John Ruskin, 1819-1900, British Artist and Author 

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." 

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882-1945, Former American President 


"My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces." 

-- Wilma Rudolph, 1940-1994, Winner of 3 Gold Medals in running events at the 1960 Summer Olympics 


"The harder I worked, the luckier I got." 

-- Thomas Jefferson


"All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath. So, what does that make today worth?" 

-- Og Mandino, 1923-1996, Author and Speaker 


"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't." 

-- Martin Van Buren, 1782-1862, 8th U.S. President 


"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day." 

-- Sally Koch 


"The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way." 

-- Heraclitus, 535-475 BC, Greek Philosopher 


"The better I get, the more I realize how much better I can get." 

-- Martina Navratilova 


"The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear." 

-- Brian Tracy, Speaker 

"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind." 

-- Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, Speaker and Author 


"Life is like a great big grinding wheel. Whether it wears you down or polishes you up depends on what you're made of." 

-- Author Unknown 


"Every new day begins with possibilities. It's up to us to fill it with 

the things that move us toward progress and peace." 

-- Ronald Reagan, Former President of the United States 


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

-- William Faulkner, 1897-1962, Novelist 


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

-- Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564, Artist 


"When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil, while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments." 

-- Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd U.S. President 

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

-- Frank Scully 


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

-- Source Unknown 

"I will listen to anyone's convictions, but please keep your doubts to yourself." 

-- Goethe 



Let Us Keep Christmas 

Whatever else be lost among the years, 

Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing; 

Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, 

Let us hold close one day, remembering 

It's poignant meaning for the hearts of men. 

Let us get back our childlike faith again. 

-- Grace Noll Crowell, 1877-1969, Poet 


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

-- Nelson Mandela, Former Prime Minister of South Africa 


"Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference." 

-- Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari 

"Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail." 

-- Marva Collins, Educator 

"You look at any giant corporation, and I mean the biggies, and they all started with a guy with an idea, doing it well." 

-- Irvine Robbins, Co-Founder of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream 


"Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life." 

-- Harvey Mackay, Author and Speaker 


"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself." 

-- Wayne Dyer, Psychotherapist, Author and Speaker 

"The deeds you do today may be the only sermon some people will hear today." 

-- St. Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226, Italian Preacher 


"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it." 

-- George Halas, 1895-1983, Pro Football Coach 


"Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were and say why not." 

-- John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, Former U.S. President 


"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."  

-- Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, US Statesman and Scientist 


"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome." 

-- Arthur Ashe, 1943-1993, Professional Tennis Player 

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

-- Japanese Proverb 

"The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy." 

-- Florence Shinn, 1871-1940, Writer 

"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything... they make the best of everything..." 

-- Anon 


"The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious." 

-- John Sculley, Business Executive 


"Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution."  

-- Dr. David Schwartz, Author of "The Magic of Thinking Big" 

"Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something, without feeling the necessity to prove someone else is wrong." 

-- Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986, Syndicated Columnist 


"You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things - to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals." 

-- Sir Edmund Hillary, Mountaineer and Explorer 


"The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail." 

-- Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author 

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." 

-- John Quincy Adams, 1767-1848, 6th U.S. President 


"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." 

-- Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968, Civil Rights Leader 


"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind." 

-- Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian Political and Spiritual Leader 


"Success is about who you are, not what you have. Successful people work to discover their talents, to develop those talents, and then to use those talents to benefit others as well as themselves." 

-- Tom Morris, Author and Speaker 


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

-- Mark Twain, 1835-1910, Writer 


"When one door closes another one opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

-- Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922, Inventor and Teacher of the Deaf 

"A positive attitude is perhaps more important at home than anywhere else. As spouses and parents, one of our most vital roles is to help those we love feel good about themselves." 

-- Keith Harrell, Speaker and Author 

"No person was ever honored for what they received. Honor has been the reward for what they gave."

-- Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, Former President of the United States 


"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances."

-- Martha Washington, 1731-1802, Former First Lady 


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

-- Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, Championship Winning Football Coach 


"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

-- Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, Physicist and Nobel Laureate


"All of the great achievers of the past have been visionary figures; they were men and women who projected into the future. They thought of what could be, rather than what already was, and then they moved themselves into action, to bring these things into fruition."

-- Bob Proctor, Speaker and Author 



"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832, German Poet and Novelist 


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

-- Japanese Proverb 


"Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent."

-- Marilyn von Savant, Author and Advice Columnist 


"It doesn't matter how strong your opinions are. If you don't use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem." 

-- Coretta Scott King, Reformer 


"The future depends on what we do in the present."  

-- Mahatma Gandhi 

"Everything works out right in the end. If things are not working right, it isn't the end yet. Don't let it bother you, relax and keep on going."

-- Michael C. Muhammad 


"I have often been afraid, but I would not give in to it. I made myself act as though I was not afraid and gradually my fear disappeared."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, Former American President 


"Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds."

-- Grenville Kleiser, 1868-1953, Writer 


"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."

-- Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, Author and Publisher  

"What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows."

-- Alexandra Stoddard, Author and Speaker 

"Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door."  

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson  


"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, never give up then, for that is just the time that the tide will turn."

-- Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811-1896, Writer and Abolitionist 


"Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs."

-- Dr. Maxwell Maltz, 1899-1975, Author 


"Life is like riding a bike. It is impossible to maintain your balance while standing still."

-- Linda Brakeall, Author of "Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Women in Business"


Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.  

-- Cherokee Proverb



"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men and women who can dream of things that never were."

-- John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, Former American President 


"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers."

-- Seneca, 4 BC - 65 AD, Roman Philosopher 


"In visualizing, or making a mental picture you are not endeavoring to change the laws of nature. You are fulfilling them."  

-- Genevieve Behren 


"Being is central, and Being is now. The fulfillment of your life is not going to happen through anything. The outer activities in your life are secondary. What is Primary is Being."  

-- Eckhart Tolle 


"Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience."

-- Eddie Rickenbacker, 1890-1973, Decorated Aviator and Businessman 


"Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day."

-- Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915, Educator and Author


Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. 

-- Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, Physicist 

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."  

-- Will Rogers 


"Rich dad said it this way, 'Big people have big dreams and small people have small dreams. If you want to change who you are, begin by changing the size of your dreams.'"

-- Robert Kiyosaki, Author of "Rich Dad Poor Dad" 


"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, Psychologist and Author 


"Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality."

-- Les Brown, Speaker and Author 

"If you want to be a writer - stop talking about it and sit down and write! That applies to anything in life."

-- Jackie Collins, Top Selling Novelist 


"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."

-- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor 


"An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men."

-- Thomas Fuller, 1608-1661, British Clergyman and Author 


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

-- Wayne Gretzky, Professional Hockey Player 



"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

-- Dolly Parton, Singer 


"We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service."

-- Earl Nightingale, 1922-1989, Author and Syndicated Radio Show Host 

"I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares

because of my dreams."

-- Dr. Jonas Salk, 1914-1995, Developed Polio Vaccine 


"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

-- Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811-1896, American Writer 

"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure."

-- Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Author of "The Power of Positive Thinking" 


"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you

have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit

of love."

-- Henry Drummond, 1851-1897, Scientist, Evangelist, Author 


"The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on

the crowd."

-- James Crook 


"If you are never scared, embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take chances."

-- Julia Soul, Actress 


"It's not what you say, but how you say it!"

-- Mae West 


"Each experience through which we pass operates ultimately for our good. This is a correct attitude to adopt and we must be able to see it in that light."

-- Raymond Holliwell, Writer 


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

-- Walt Disney, 1901-1966, Cartoon Artist and Filmmaker 


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

-- Roger Bannister, Physician and first athlete to break the 4-minute mile 


"Products are made in the factory; brands are created in the mind."  

-- Walter Landor



"God answers Knee-Mail"

-- 8 year old 


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

-- Sam Walton, 1918-1992, Founder of Wal-Mart 


"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."  

-- Albert Einstein 

"What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home runs."

-- Babe Ruth, "Hall of Fame" Baseball Player 


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

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, Former First Lad 

"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they

have the first secret of success."

-- Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Speaker and Author 


"My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."

-- Oprah Winfrey 


"When you run a race, you hurt your ability to compete when you turn your head to look at the competition chasing you, you lose a step physically and psychologically. Run the race always stretching to do your best, imitations will come in last, no one ca catch an original."

-- Oprah Winfrey 

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."

-- Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian Political Leader 


"It’s not what you are that counts, but what people think you are."

-- Joseph Kennedy 


“Opportunity always involves some risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first!”

-- Joseph Heller  


"If you approach life with a sense of possibility and the expectation of positive results, you're more likely to have a life in which possibilities are realized and results are positive."

-- Lisa Funderburg 


"Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk and to act."

-- Dr. Maxwell Maltz, Author of "Psycho-Cybernetics" 


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" 

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. 


One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


"A human being experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest (of the universe) - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness."

-- Albert Einstein 


“Most companies tend to equate branding with the company’s marketing. Design a new marketing campaign and, voila, you’re on course. They are wrong. The task is much bigger. It is about fulfilling our potential … not about a new logo, no matter how clever. WHAT IS MY MISSION IN LIFE? WHAT DO I WANT TO CONVEY TO PEOPLE? HOW DO I MAKE SURE THAT WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER THE WORLD IS ACTUALLY UNIQUE? The brand has to give of itself, the company has to give of itself, the management has to give of itself. To put it bluntly, it is a matter of whether-or not-you want to be … UNIQUE … NOW.” 

-- Jesper Kunde, A Unique Moment 


"To succeed in sales, simply talk to lots of people every day. And here's what's exciting - there are lots of people!"

-- Jim Rohn 


"Today's worries may become tomorrow's priceless experiences."

-- Napoleon Hill  


"Loud threats often indicate deep fears"

-- Napoleon Hill  


"They can because they think they can (The Aeneid)."

-- Virgil


"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself."

-- Ethel Barrymore, 1879-1959, Academy Award Winning Actress 


"In sales there are going to be times when you can't make everyone happy. Don't expect to and you won't be disappointed. Just do your best for each client in each situation as it arises. Then, learn from each situation how to do it better the next time."

-- Tom Hopkins



"Study and, in general, the pursuit of truth and beauty is the sphere in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." "Study and, in general, the pursuit of truth and beauty is the sphere in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." 

-- Albert Einstein 

"There are some things you don't have to know how it works - only that it works. While some people are studying the roots, others are picking the fruit. It just depends on "Dare to be what you ought to be; dare to be what you dream to be; dare to be the finest you can be. The more you dare, the surer you will be of gaining just what you dare!"

-- Norman Vincent Peale 


"which end of this you want to get in on."  

-- Jim Rohn 


"I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and ready to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within." 

-- Rev. Dr. Preston Bradley 


"Success is something you attract by the person you become."

-- Jim Roan 


"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend."

-- Robert Louis Stevenson 


"People do not lack strength; they lack will."

-- Victor Hugo 


"Luck is where preparation meets opportunity."

-- Earl Nightingale 


Success is a journey, not a destination. It requires constant effort, vigilance and reevaluation.

-- Mark Twain 

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."

-- William James 

"You must be single-minded. Drive for one thing on which you have decided."  

-- George S. Patton 


"Profits are Better than Wages"  

-- Jim Rohn 


"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves - to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today." 

-- Stewart B. Johnson 


"Every man dies. Not every man truly lives." -- Braveheart 


"Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds..."

-- Norman Vincent Peale 

"We can secure other people's approval, if we do it right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it."

-- Mark Twain 


"Praise works with only three types of people; men, women, and children."

-- Anonymous 


"The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are." 

-- Thomas Dreier, Author



"Reinforce what you want to see repeated: What gets rewarded gets done."

-- Brian Tracy 


"When someone does something well, applaud! You will make two people happy."

-- Samuel Goldwyn 

"Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives

any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles."

-- Og Mandino, 1923-1996, Speaker and Author 


"I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime." 

-- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Author




"Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier."

-- Mother Theresa 

"Kind words and good deeds are eternal. You never know where their influence will end."

-- H. Jackson Browne 

"My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy."

-- T. S. Eliot 


"I expect to pass through this life but once. If, therefore there can be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do for any fellow being let me do it now...as I shall not pass this way again."

-- William Penn 


"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

-- Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian Political Leader 



I have all of employees to come in early each morning while he was alive, point at their temples and recite, "My imagination creates my reality."

-- Walt Disney 


"Imagination is more important than knowledge"

-- Albert Einstein 


The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.  

-- Mark Twain 


"Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time."  

-- Unknown 


"Make a list of 200 prestigious, influential, and powerful people with whom you want to work, play, grow and do business."

-- Mark Victor Hansen 


"It's not who you know. It's how well you maintain your Rolodex(R)."

-- Patricia Fripp 


"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

-- Count Leo Tolstoy 


"Your business and results are a reflection of you. Your business and results will grow in direct proportion to your own growth."  

-- James A. Ray 

"Invest the first hour of the day, the 'Golden Hour,' in yourself."

-- Brian Tracy 


"What you become directly influences what you get."  

-- Jim Rohn 


"Keep in mind that you are always saying 'no' to something. If it isn't to the apparent, urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it."  

-- Stephen Covey 

"Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don't do well simply because they major in minor things." 

-- Jim Rohn 


"To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right."  

-- Confucius 

"Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them." 

-- Robert R. Updegraff, Author of "Be Thankful For Your Troubles" 


"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."

-- Albert Einstein 

"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth."

-- Albert Einstein 


"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

-- Albert Einstein 


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

-- Albert Einstein 


"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."

-- Albert Einstein 


"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

-- Albert Einstein 

"He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice."

-- Albert Einstein 

"The important thing is not to stop questioning."

-- Albert Einstein 


"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

-- Albert Einstein 

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

-- Albert Einstein 

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

-- Albert Einstein 

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

-- Albert Einstein 

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

-- Albert Einstein 

"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity."

-- Albert Einstein 

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."

 -- Albert Einstein 

"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."

-- Albert Einstein 

"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."

-- Albert Einstein 

"I want to know God's thoughts...the rest are details."

-- Albert Einstein 

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

-- Albert Einstein 

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

-- T.S. Eliot, poet 

"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"We aim above the mark to hit the mark."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"What you are shouts so loud in my ears I cannot hear what you say."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Beware what you set your heart upon for it shall surely be yours."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"We are students of words: we are shut up in schools and colleges and recitation-rooms for decades, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing. Men grind and grind in the mill of truism, and nothing comes out but what was put in. But the moment they desert that tradition for a spontaneous thought or an authentic feeling, then poetry, wit, hope, virtue, learning, anecdote, all flower within them."

 -- Ralph Waldo Emerson 


"Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupation -- speak, act, work in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be."

 -- François Fénelon 

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

-- Anatole France 

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."

-- Anatole France 

"America is a willingness of the heart."

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald , author 

"Presence is more than just being there."

-- Malcolm Forbes, Publisher, Forbes 

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

-- Benjamin Franklin 

''I saw few die of hunger--of eating, a hundred thousand.''

-- Benjamin Franklin 

"Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

-- Benjamin Franklin 

“A person cannot do right in one department of life whilst attempting to do wrong in another department. Life is one indivisible whole.”

 -- Mahatma Gandhi 



"I claim to be no more than an average man with below average capabilities. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have if he or she would put forth the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith."

- Mahatma Gandhi 

''I claim to be no more than an average man with less than average ability. I am not a visionary. I claim to be a practical idealist. Nor can I claim any special merit for what I have been able to achieve with laborious research. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort to cultivate the same hope and faith.''

-- Mahatma Gandhi 

“Three-fourths of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world will disappear if we step into the shoes of our adversaries and understand their standpoint.'”

-- Mahatma Gandhi 

"You can be the change you want to see in the world"

-- Mahatma Gandhi 

"If we have listening ears, God speaks to us in our own language, whatever that language is."

-- Mahatma Gandhi 

"...you win by trying. And failing. Test, try, fail, measure, evolve, repeat, persist," -

- Seth Godin, author of Unleashing the Ideavirus 

''Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.''

- Goethe, 19th century German philosopher 

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

- Goethe, 19th century German philosopher 

"Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is; treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be."

- Goethe, 19th century German philosopher 

"You can't accomplish anything in life that's great by yourself."

-- Ruben Gonzalez 

"We just don't recognize the most significant events of our lives while they're happening"

- Archie "Moonlight" Graham, Field of Dreams 


"Any invention that doesn't network effectively and address human-centric design parameters is an exercise in burning venture capital. The biggest problem with new inventions is that they're running smack against the fact that we're human. We can build a little phone, but it's too tiny to use. We can build a thumbnail screen, but no one can read it. If an invention doesn't work for Mobile Me, then it might as well not exist. So, repeat after me: 'I am the center of my own techno-universe. I am tired of lugging around all this stuff, I am getting pretty grumpy.'"

--Moira Gunn, host of NPR's "Tech Nation." 

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."

-- Alex Hamilton Note: may be Alexander Hamilton, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington 

"It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses."

-- Dag Hammarskjöld, past secretary-general of the United Nations 


"Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again." -

- Dag Hammarskjöld, past secretary-general of the United Nations, Markings, 1964 


"Marriage is not a static state between two unchanging people. Marriage is a psychological and spiritual journey that begins in the ecstasy of attraction, meanders through a rocky stretch of self-discovery, and culminates in the creation of an intimate, joyful, lifelong union."

-- Harville Hendrix Note: ask Jim Spivey who Harville Hendrix is 

"The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bare the full light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day what you choose, what you think, and what you do is what you become."

-- Heraclitus, Greek poet 

"The greatest risk you can take in life is not to risk at all."

-- Jonathan Hollas 


"Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving."

 -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court Justice 

"It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court Justice 

''The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.'' -

- Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables 

"The great tragedy of science -- the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact."

-- Thomas Huxley 

"The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher."

-- Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley 

"Be creative. Use unconventional thinking. And have the guts to carry it


-- Lee Iaccoca, who led the recovery of the Chrysler Corporation in the 80s 


"Comedy is nothing more than tragedy deferred."

-- Pico Iyer in Time 

“We can change our circumstances by a mere change of our attitude.”

-- William James, 19th century American philosopher 


"Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them."

-- Dr. Robert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik-7, an artificial heart 


"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine."

-- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the United States 


"I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, 'Aint that the truth.'"

-- Quincy Jones, quoted in Victory of the Spirit 


"There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living."

-- David Star Jordan 

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched… they must be felt with the heart."

-- Helen Keller 

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

-- Helen Keller 


"As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich, even if I have a billion dollars. As long as diseases are rampant and millions of people in this world cannot expect to live more than twenty-eight or thirty years, I can never be totally healthy, even if I just got a good checkup at the Mayo Clinic. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way our world is made. No individual or nation can stand out boasting of being independent. We are all interdependent."

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 



"Goals drive your design. They define the results you seek, and give you something to measure your progress against."

-- Ray Kristof and Amy Satran 


"The definition of salesmanship is the gentle art of letting the customer have it your way."

--Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's 


"When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object."

-- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being 

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."

-- Ann Landers  


"The most important of the Lord's work that you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home."

-- Harold B. Lee 

''Life is what happens while you are making other plans.''

-- John Lennon (1940-1980) 

''Disobedience to conscience makes conscience blind.''

-- C.S. Lewis 

"A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other."

 -- C.S. Lewis 

"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may some day be a creature which...you would be strongly tempted to worship...It is in light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another...There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours."

-- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, 14-15 


"There are only two kinds of people in the end, those who say to God 'thy will be done' and those that God says 'thy will be done'"

-- C.S. Lewis 


''It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.''

-- Abraham Lincoln 

"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on."

 -- Walter Lippmann, 20th-century American journalist, author, and public philosopher 


''The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence''

-- Vince Lombardi, great football coach 


"The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back." -

- Vince Lombardi 


"When a butterfly flutters its wings in one part of the world, it can eventually cause a hurricane in another…"

-- from Edward Lorenz and chaos theory 


"For truth and duty it is ever the fitting time; who waits until circumstances completely favor his undertaking, will never accomplish anything."

 -- Martin Luther 

"Staying in touch with contacts is as important as getting them in the first place."

-- Harvey Mackay, author of Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty 


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that frightens us.

We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant,

gorgeous, talented and fabulous?" 

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.  

Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won't feel insecure around you. 

We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; It's in everyone. 

And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  

As we are liberated from our own fears,

our presence automatically liberates others

-- Nelson Mandela, 1994 inaugural speech 


"Truth is just as essential to nourishing the mind as food is to nourishing the body. The more fully you live each moment in truth, the more powerful and effective those moments will be."

-- Ralph Marston 

There is more to sailing than ropes and winches, cleats and bulging sails. There are faraway places and the ever changing light, and the silence and a great peace at the bottom of your soul.

-- Ferenc Máté 

"It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't."

-- Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook 


''There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew.''

-- Marshall McLuhan 


"Outside of a dog a book is a man's best friend.

"Inside of a dog it's too dark to read!" -- Groucho Marx, comedian 



"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both."

 -- James Michener, author 



''For every complex problem there is a solution that is concise, clear, simple, and wrong.''

-- H. L. Mencken, historian and philosopher 


''The future is built on the flow of new ideas''

-- Paul Meyer 


"People adopt ideas when social, personal and financial trends intersect--a confluence that may seem random but usually happens 'by design.'"

-- Clement Mok 


"You don't get points for intent, only for results."

-- Annie Morita, senior vice president of marketing at Columbia TriStar 

''I drink to make other people more interesting''

 -- George Jean Nathan (1882-1958) 

"One secret act of self-denial, one sacrifice of inclination to duty, is worth all the mere good thoughts, warm feelings, passionate prayers, in which idle men indulge themselves."

-- John Henry Newman 


"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."

Friedrich Nietzche, German philosopher 

"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods."

-- Thomas Paine, author of pamphlet Common Sense, catalyst to the American Revolution 


"The ancient human question 'Who am I?' leads inevitably to the equally important question 'Whose am I?' -- for there is no self outside of relationship."

-- Parker Palmer 

"People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be--not what you nag them to be."

 -- Scudder N. Parker 


"You've got to be original, because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for."

-- Bernadette Peters on "Inside the Actors Studio 


"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."

-- Pablo Picasso 


"Pleasure is the bait of sin."

- Plato, Greek philosopher 


''Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,

As to be hated needs but to be seen;

Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,

We first endure, then pity, then embrace.''

-- Alexander Pope, English philosopher 

''Tell me what a man finds sexually attractive and I will tell you his entire philosophy of life.''

 -- Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead 


"Ideas may also grow out of the problem itself, which in turn becomes part of the solution."

-- Paul Rand 


''A series of failures may culminate in the best possible result.''

-- Gisela Richter 


"At any moment in time, our reality is based on whatever we focus on."

-- Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker 


"Use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. That's the secret to success. You do that and you're in control of your life. You don't do that and life controls you"

--Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker 


"If there's anything you want to do and you can't figure out why you're not doing it, there's a simple answer: you link more pain to doing it than not doing it. Hey, if you don't have enough money, for example -- I know that's an issue for a lot of people. It was for a good deal of my life -- If you don't have money there's only one reason: you link more pain to having more money than to not having it."

 -- Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker 


"I think adults invented work so that they could play together all day."

-- Businesswoman Silver Rose 

"We never emulate. We always improve upon."

-- Andrew Sather 


"Simplicity is the essence of brilliance."

 R. Saunders 


"For every person wanting to teach there are thirty not wanting to be taught."

-- W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman 


"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

- George Bernard Shaw, British playwright 

''He who indulges his sense in any excess renders himself obnoxious to his own reason; and to gratify the brute in him, displeases the man and sets his two natures at variance.''

-- Sir Walter Scott, author of Ivanhoe 


''Words are not deeds.''

-- Shakespeare, Henry VIII 


"They do not love who do not show their love."

 -- William Shakespeare 


"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be."

- Socrates, Greek philospher 


''Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.''

-- Henry Steele Commager, late 19th century historian 


"The worst education which teaches self-denial is better than the best which teaches everything else and not that."

- Sterling 

"Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different."

-- Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgi, the first scientist to isolate Vitamin C 

''Remember, your success tomorrow is in direct proportion to your commitment to excellence today.''

-- Richard Taylor 


"If you want to work for world peace, go home and love your families."

-- Mother Teresa, great humanitarian 


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

 -- Henry David Thoreau, early 19th century American author and philosopher and father of civil disobedience 


"Not all those who wander are lost."

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring 


"People occasionally come up to me and say: 'I want what you seem to have. Can you either give it to me or show me how to get it?' And I say to them: 'You have it already. You just can't feel it, because your mind is making too much noise. Quiet your mind, and it's yours."

-- Eckhart Tolle, from "The Power of Now"  


''If you can't convince them, confuse them.''

-- Harry Truman, President of the United States (1944-1953) 


"In themselves, experiments are not art. Infinite amounts of energy are wasted because everybody feels he has to make his own start, his own beginning, instead of getting to know what has already been done. It is doubtful that anyone who doesn't want to..."

-- Jan Tschichold, 1964 

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speach." -

- Martin Fraquhar Tupper 

"Fewer things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of good example."

-- Mark Twain (1835-1910) 


"Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head."

 -- Mark Twain (1835-1910) 


''Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food sort it out inside.''

-- Mark Twain (1835-1910) 


"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."

-- Mark Twain (1835-1910) 

"A man cannot be truly comfortable without securing his own approval first."

 - Mark Twain (1835-1910) 


"Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free."

-- Chuang Tzu 

"Love is something eternal--the aspect may change but not essence."

-- Vincent van Gogh, Dutch impressionist 

"Don't talk unless you can improve the silence."

-- Vermont Proverb 

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

-- William Ward 


"The way to accelerate your success is to double your failure rate."

-- Tom Watson, Sr. 


"Real giving is when we give to those we love what's most important to them, whether we understand it, like it, agree with it, or not."

-- Michele Weiner-Davis 

"Strive to create a balanced life but understand that in order to do so, you may have to become unbalanced for a while. Why? Because you have to give things up to achieve your dreams."

-Ruben Gonzalez



"If we wait for the perfect answer, the world will pass us by."

- Jack Welch, former CEO, GE 


"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."

 -- H.G. Wells, science fiction author 

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful."

 -- Mae West, actress 

''In a sense, knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows: for details are swallowed up in principles. The details of knowledge which are important will be picked up ad hoc in each avocation of life, but the habit of the active utilization of well-understood principles is the final possession of wisdom.''

-- Alfred North Whitehead 

"Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success."

-- Oscar Wilde, British playwright and author 


"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."

-- Oscar Wilde, British playwright and author 


"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing..."

-- Oscar Wilde, British playwright and author 


"Order is no guarantee of understanding. Sometimes just the opposite is true."

 -- Richard Saul Wurman 


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