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Change & Transition

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
~ Harrison Ford

It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.
~ James Gordon, M.D.

Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
~ Kathleen Norris

When you are through changing, you are through.
~ Bruce Barton

Change always comes bearing gifts.
~ Price Pritchett

Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.
~ Joan Wallach Scott

Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change.
~ Ramsay Clark

What is required for effective change is continuity of sincere effort to release and let go of inefficient thought patterns from the past.
~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin, Freeze-Frame

Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.
~ Caroline Schoeder

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.
~ Thomas Fuller

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
~ George Eliot

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

To change one's life: 1. Start immediately, 2. Do it flamboyantly, 3. No exceptions.
~ William James

Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.
~ Anthony J. D'Angelo

Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.
~ Unknown

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
~ Francis Bacon

Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what happened, but of what men believe happened.
~ Gerald W. Johnston

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
~ Everett Dirksen

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
~ Nelson Mandela

Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.
~ Martha Beck

If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.
~ Irwin Corey

All things must change to something new, to something strange.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Change your thoughts and you change your world.
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Life is like and ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change,
and all patterns alter.
~ Sharon Salzberg

What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it?
~ Doctor Who

All appears to change when we change.
~ Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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

The time to change is when you don't have to; when you're on the crest of the wave, not the trough.
~ Robert Kreigel

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

Some people change jobs, mates and friends, but never think of changing themselves.
~ John Maxwell

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
~ William James


Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and co-operation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
~ Dalai Lama

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
~ Henry Ford

Clearly no group can as an entity create ideas. Only individuals can do this. A group of individuals may, however, stimulate one another in the creation of ideas.
~ Estill I. Green

One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.
~ Althea Gibson

Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.
~ Quincy Jones

Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.
~ Woodrow Wilson

If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.
~ Darryl F. Zanuck

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
~ Alice Walker


A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.
~ Harvey Mackay

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
~ Ernest Hemingway

Did you ever notice how difficult it is to argue with someone who is not obsessed with being right?
~ Wayne W. Dyer

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.
Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
~ Winston Churchill

Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience.
~ Steve Burnett

The best time to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.
~ Josh Billings

Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
~ Freeman Teague, Jr.

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
~ Gandhi

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.
~ Lee Iacocca

Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
~ George Sala

Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.
~ Virginia Satir

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
~ Pythagoras

Communication works for those who work at it.
~ John Powell

Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.
~ Dr. Lawrence J. Peter

The art of COMMUNICATION is the language of leadership.
~ James Humes

To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
~ George Santayana

Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
~ Andre Maurois

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
~ D. H. Lawrence

Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.
~ Mark Twain

The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
~ Fran Lebowitz

Whatever you say, say it with conviction.
~ Mark Twain

Silence gives consent, or a horrible feeling that nobody's
~ Franklin P. Jones

I see only one rule: to be clear.
~ Stendhal

Cultivate Excellence

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.
~ Edith Wharton

I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. .
~ Sir Winston Churchill

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
~ Henri B. Stendhal

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
~ Elbert Hubbard

Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly.
~ Aldus Manutius, Placard on the door of the Aldine Press

My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.
~ Jack Welch

To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.
~ Samuel Johnson

You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
~ Zig Ziglar

The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them; the prosperous need people to be kind to.
~ Aristotle

As you begin to nourish creativity in one area of your life, it begins to flourish in other areas.
~ C. Diane Ealy, Ph.D.

You have to assume that you're in business for the long haul. That belief will drive you to build value.
~ Regis McKenna

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
~ Earl Nightingale

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
~ Jim Rohn

The best is the enemy of the good.
~ Voltaire

Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.
~ John Ruskin

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
~ Vincent Lombardi

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
~ e e cummings

You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.
~ Seth Godin

Emotional Intelligence

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

Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them.
~ Robert Henri

Feelings are really your GPS system for life. When your supposed to do something, or not supposed to do something, your emotional guidance system lets you know.
~ Oprah Winfrey

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
~ Ansel Adams

When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.
~ Dale Carnegie

Emotions have taught mankind to reason.
~ Vauvenargues

We talk about the quality of product and service. What about the quality of our relationships and the quality of our communications and the quality of our promises to each other?
~ Max de Pree

If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.
~ Asian Proverb

Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.
~ Charles M. Schwab

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.
~ Dean Koontz

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
~ Meryl Streep

It is impossible to estimate how many good ideas are abandoned every day as a result of difficult-to-manage relationships.
~ John P. Kotter

There must be love – without love you will be merely skillful.
~ Frederick Leboyer

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
~ Carl Jung

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
~ Dr.Seuss

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
~ Carl Jung

Successful people have cultivated the habit of never denying to themselves their true feelings and attitudes. They have no need for pretenses.
~ David Harold Fink

All great discoveries are made by men whose feelings run ahead of their thinking.
~ Charles H. Parkhurst

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present
and not giving it.
~ William Arthur Ward

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
~ Pearl S. Buck

I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have.
~ Alice Walker

Peace comes from feelings of satisfaction when working with joy, living with hope, loving with abandonment.
~ Arnold Hutschnecker

Eyes that do not cry, do not see.
~ Swedish Proverb

We think too much and feel too little.
~ Charlie Chaplin

Unconditional acceptance of feeling then allows the person maximum learning, evolvement, and attunement.
~ Ceanne Derohan

It isn't intellect that connects us to other people; it is feeling.
~ Charles Fowler

If you think feeling good is a result of doing well, you've got it backward. Thanks to the configuration of the human nervous system, the emotions have to be in place first.
~ Dr. James E. Loehr

We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.
~ Bertrand Russell

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.
~ Audre Lorde


It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives.
~ Clint Eastwood

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
~ Will Durant

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
~ Mark Twain

In the study of one's personal language and self talk it can be observed that what one thinks and talks about to himself tends to become the deciding influences in his life. For what the mind attends to, the mind considers.
~ Sidney Madwed

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Always be early. It's the most powerful, inexpensive advice I know of.
~ Alan Weiss

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
~ Robert Southey

Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.
~ Alice Walker

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.
~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to yours.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


Innovation: A change that creates a new dimension of performance.
~ Peter F. Drucker

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
~ Steve Jobs

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship... the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.
~Peter Drucker

New fangled is my favorite kind of fangled.
~ Randy Cohen

We ought not be over anxious to encourage innovation, in case of doubtful improvement, for an old system must ever have two advantages over a new one; it is established and it is understood.
~ C. C. Colton

The world leaders in innovation and creativity will also be world leaders in everything else.
~ Harold R. McAlindon

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
~ Edward De Bono

Innovators are inevitably controversial.
~ Eva Le Gallienne

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English – up to 50 words used in correct context – no human has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
~ Carl Sagan

The process of innovation is, of course, never ending.
~ Alan Greenspan

There's a way to do it better...find it.
~ Thomas A. Edison

Invention breeds invention.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot innovate without opening the door to havoc.
~ Tom Peters

You can't dig a new well by digging the same hole deeper.
~ Edward De Bono

After assessing results, we must be willing to abandon what doesn't work. Abandonment often precedes innovation.
~ Peter M. Senge


if you begin with 'who,' rather than 'what,' you can more easily adapt to a changing world.
~ Jim Collins

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
~ John F. Kennedy (speech prepared for delivery in Dallas the day of his assassination, November 22, 1963)

Remember that it is far better to follow well than to lead indifferently.
~ John G. Vance

Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.
~ Edwin H. Friedman

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

Good-to-Great leaders never wanted to become larger-than-life heroes. They were seemingly ordinary people quietly producing extraordinary results.
~ Jim Collins

The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.
~ Faye Wattleton

Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
~ H. Ross Perot

Leaders shouldn't attach moral significance to their ideas: Do that, and you can't compromise.
~ Peter F. Drucker

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
~ Ralph Nader

The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
~ Joe Batten

Management is a set of processes that can keep a complicated system of people and technology running smoothly.
Leadership is a set of processes that creates organizations in the first place or adapts them to significantly changing circumstances.
~ John P. Kotter

A Leader is someone you choose to follow to a place you wouldn't go by yourself.
~ Joel Barker

Leadership is defined by results, not attributes.
~ Peter F. Drucker

There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
~ Bernd Brecher

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
~ Talleyrand

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
~ Theodore M. Hesburgh

Leadership is action, not position.
~ Donald H. McGannon

If people follow you because they have no choice, then you are not leading.
~ Jim Collins

The moment you stop learning, you stop leading.
~ Rick Warren

If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
~ Seneca

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Long-range planning works best in the short term.
~ Doug Evelyn

It is better to have one person working with you than having three people working for you.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

You are much more successful coming in and finding out what's going right and nurturing that.
~ Meg Whitman, CEO, eBay

His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.
~ Lois McMaster Bujold

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
~ Mark Twain


Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
~ Anne Frank

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
~ Helen Keller

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
~ Henry J. Kaiser

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
~ Thomas A. Edison

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

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
~ Sir Francis Bacon

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
~ Sir Winston Churchill

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
~ Unknown

Ability is of little account without opportunity.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
~ Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

Unless you are prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it.
~ Orison Swett Marden

It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
~ Whitney Young Jr.

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
~ Harry S Truman

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
~ Albert Einstein

Many of us have heard opportunity knocking at our door, but by the time we unhooked the chain, pushed back the bolt, turned two locks, and shuts off the burglar alarm - it was gone.
~ Author Unknown

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
~ John Burroughs

A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
~ Henry Ford


I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
~ E. B. White

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.
~ Peter Drucker

The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.
~ Dan Millman

I felt despair. Though it seems to me now there's two kinds of it: the sort that causes a person to surrender and then the sort I had which made me take risks and make plans.
~ Erica Eisdorfer, The Wet Nurse's Tale

Success is really about being ready for the good opportunities that come before you. It's not to have a detailed plan of everything that you're going to do. You can't plan innovation or inspiration, but you can be ready for it, and when you see it, you can jump on it.
~ Eric Schmidt

Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.
~ Ellen DeGeneres

Adventure is just bad planning.
~ Roald Amundsen

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
~ Thomas Paine

The key to strategy is omission.
~ Peter Drucker

Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
~ Lester R. Bittel

If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow.
~ Philip Crosby

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
~ Alexander Hamilton

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
~ Thomas A. Edison

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
~ John Lennon

The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty-five years ago. The second best time is today.
~ James Carville

Intimate relationships cannot substitute for a life plan. But to have any meaning or viability at all, a life plan must include intimate relationships.
~ Harriet Lerner

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'
~ John F. Kennedy

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

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood...Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.
~ Daniel H. Burnham

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it.
~ Anonymous

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
~ Joseph Campbell

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
~ Napoleon Hill

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
~ Denis Watley

The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.
~ Dan Millman

The bars of West Hollywood and New York are awash with people throwing their lives away in the desperate hope of finding a shortcut, any shortcut. And a lot of them aren't even young anymore; their B-plans having been washed away by Vodka & Tonics years ago. Meanwhile their competition is at home, working their asses off.
~ Hugh Macleod

Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it. The more you need the money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring. Know this and plan accordingly.
~ Hugh Macleod

The lessons this life has planted in my heart pertain more to caring than crops, more to Golden Rule than gold, more to the proper choice than to the popular choice.
~ Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky

When you write things down, they sometimes take you places you hadn't planned.
~ Melanie Benjamin

The world has so many lessons to teach you. I consider the world, our earth, to be like a school, and our life, the classrooms. Sometimes on our planet life school, the lessons often come dressed up as detours and road blocks and sometimes as full blown crises. And the secret I've learned to getting ahead is being open to the lessons.
~ Oprah Winfrey

Success is really about being ready for the good opportunities that come before you. It's not to have a detailed plan of everything that you're going to do. You can't plan innovation or inspiration, but you can be ready for it, and when you see it, you can jump on it.
~ Eric Schmidt

If you forgo your plan, you also have to forgo fear.
~ Eric Schmidt

Life is full of surprises and and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure-do it well, enjoy it-and then, not now, think about what comes next.
~ Condoleeza Rice

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
~ Jack London

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
~ Napoleon Hill

Zeus does not bring all men's plans to fulfillment.
~ Homer

He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgment to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, and when he has decided, firmness and self-control to hold to his deliberate decision.
~ John Stuart Mill

Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
~ Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.
~ Hilton Kramer

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
~ Dr. Thomas Fuller

We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We're a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don't really have an explanation for.
~ Malcolm Gladwell

When evil men plot, good men must plan.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can never plan the future by the past.
~ Edmund Burke

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.
~ Peter Drucker

Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven't.
~ Peter Drucker


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

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
~ Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
~ Helen Keller

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
~ Benjamin Franklin

The number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.
~ Tom Hopkins

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
~ Helen Keller

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or the life of another.
~ Helen Keller

I would like to beg you…to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

No one that ever lived has ever had enough power, prestige, or knowledge to overcome the basic condition of all life - you win some and you lose some.
~ Ken Keyes

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
~ Thomas Paine

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
~ Christopher Reeve

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

It is much easier to recognize error than to find truth; the former lies on the surface, this is quite manageable. The latter resides in depth, and this quest is not everyone's business.
~ Goethe


To be on a quest is nothing more or less than to become an asker of questions.
~ Sam Keen

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
~ Pablo Picasso

Look for the answer inside your question.
~ Rumi

One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
~ Chinese proverb

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

What do you want to achieve or avoid? The answers to this question are objectives. How will you go about achieving your desire results? The answer to this you can call strategy.
~ William E Rothschild

To every answer you can find a new question.
~ Yiddish Proverb

He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.
~ Voltaire

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
~ Voltaire

The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.
~ Napoleon Hill

The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.
~ Allard Lowenstein

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
~ Anthony Robbins

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

Questions focus our thinking. Ask empowering questions like: What's good about this? What's not perfect about it yet? What am I going to do next time? How can I do this and have fun doing it?
~ Charles Connolly

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
~ Anthony Jay

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
~ Naguib Mahfouz

The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.
~ Ruby Dee

Resolving Issues

Deep, dangerous conflict isn't usually the result of your rational argument versus my rational argument. It's the result of your rational argument hitting my blind spot, and vice versa."
~ Max Hernandez

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
~ Bertrand Russell

No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it.
~ Charles M. Schulz

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
~ B. F. Skinner

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
~ David Friedman

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
~ Albert Einstein

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
~ John W. Gardner

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
~ Isaac Asimov

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.
~ Robert A. Humphrey

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.
~ James Magary

There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong.
~ H. L. Mencken

The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it.
~ Glaser and Way

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
~ Abraham Maslow

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
~ Bertrand Russell

It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.
~ Freeman Dyson

I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.
~ James Thurber

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
~ Abraham Lincoln


Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
~ Jessie Sampter

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.
~ Thomas Moore

Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.
~ Paul Rand

Learn the fundamentals of the game and stick to them. Band-Aid remedies never last.
~ Jack Nicklaus

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
~ Oscar Wilde

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.
~ John Gaule

I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.
~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth

The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field - and keep on doing it.
~ Wilfred A. Peterson

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.
~ Albert Einstein (attributed)

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
~ Dr. Seuss

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
~ Confucius

It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.
~ Sam Levenson

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
~ Charles Bukowski

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
~ Sir Winston Churchill

For every problem there is a solution which is simple, clean and wrong.
~ Henry Louis Mencken

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.
~ Albert Camus

The man who is neither bent upon pleasing his fellows nor afraid of offending them will enjoy great peace.
~ Thomas à Kempis

Part of the problem today is that we have a surplus of simple answers and a shortage of simple problems.
~ unknown


If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.
~ Brendan Francis

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?
~ Benjamin Franklin

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
~ Henry Van Dyke

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
~ John Ruskin

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

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there.
~ Irving Berlin

Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.
~ Seneca

He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
~ Edmund Burke

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
~ English Proverb

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
~ Sydney Smith

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.
~ Sophia Loren

We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.
~ Madeleine L'Engle

I do not want to die... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
~ Kathe Kollwitz

Greatness is more than potential. It is the execution of that potential. Beyond the raw talent. You need the appropriate training. You need the discipline. You need the inspiration. You need the drive.
~ Eric A. Burns

We are all born with wonderful gifts. We use these gifts to express ourselves, to amuse, to strengthen, and to communicate. We begin as children to explore and develop our talents, often unaware that we are unique, that not everyone can do what we're doing!
~ Lynn Johnston

If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.
~ Sir Joshua Reynolds

Personally I have struggled massively with the dilemma of talent vs desire. Choosing desire may not always be the easiest thing to do. It may seem a waste to leave those natural talents behind and strike out in a new direction. But at least you’ll feel alive.
~ Meri Williams

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
~ Eric Hoffer

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.
~ Stephen Covey

Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.
~ James Baldwin

They say that the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.
~ Ernest Hemingway


If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
~ Henry Ford

If you can laugh together, you can work together.
~ Robert Orben

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.
~ Brian Tracy

Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
~ Vince Lombardi

Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together.
~ Robert Reich

I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.
~ Golda Meir

A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.
~ Michael Winner

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the way you trigger other people's emotions so they instinctively help and support you.
~ Paul Meyer

It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit.
~ Robert Yates

It's easy to figure out who isn't a team player. They'll constantly remind the coach just how good they are.
~ Brian G. Jett

None of us is as smart as all of us.
~ Japanese proverb

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

The impossible is possible when people align with you.
~ Gita Bellin

Find that special person who is the heart of the team-- they can bring out the best in everybody else.
~ Mike Krzyzewski

If he works for you, then you work for him.
~ Japanese Proverb

Teams are successful when they are focused, have a short cycle time, and are supported by the executives
~ Tom Bouchard

Without forgiveness, there can be no real freedom to act within a group.
~ Max DePree

Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.
~ Mark Twain

I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
~ Lee A. Iacocca


The days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days.
Ray Wylie Hubbard

It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
~ Roberto Benigni

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
~ Cicero

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~ William Arthur Ward

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
~ Italian Proverb

Every time we remember to say "thank you," we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.
~ Dag Hammarskjold

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice.
~ Meister Eckhart

Gratitude doesn't change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.
~ Richelle E. Goodrich

Here are the two best prayers I know: 'Help me, help me, help me' and 'Thank you, thank you, thank you.
~ Anne Lamott

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
~ Alphonse Karr

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
~ W. Clement Stone

Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.
~ James A. Lovell


Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
~ A. A. Milne

There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
~ Alfred Korzybski

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
~ Sir William Bragg

A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.
~ William James

Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.
~ Lewis Mumford

I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
~ Terry Pratchett

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.
~ Ralph Charell

Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.
~ Malcolm Gladwell

Art has never been made while thinking of art.
~ Niko Stumpo

The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
~ Aristotle

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
~ William Shakespeare

There is an art of which every man should be a master the art of reflection. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all?
~ William Hart Coleridge

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
~ Harold Fricklestein

People get trapped into thinking about just one way of doing things.
~ Erik Weihenmayer,

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
~ Theodore Rubin

All the problems of the world could be settled if people were only willing to think. The trouble is that people very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.
~ Thomas J. Watson

What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.
~ Alice Walker

Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.
~ Diana Rankin


Organizations are no longer built on force, but on trust.
~ Peter Drucker

Our distrust is very expensive.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Transcendent values like trust and integrity literally translate into revenue, profits, and prosperity.
~ Patricia Aburdene

Mistrust doubles the cost of doing business.
~ John Whitney

Rules cannot take the place of character.
~ Alan Greenspan

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
~ Albert Einstein

Be valued and principle based. Know what you stand for, and live by those standards.
~ George Fischer

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

You can’t create a high-trust culture unless people perform.
~ Craig Weatherup

What creates trust, in the end, is the leader’s manifest respect for the followers.
~ James O’Toole

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have found that the two best qualities a CEO can have are the ability to listen and to assume the best motives in others.
~ Jack M. Greenberg

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
~ Frank Herbert

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

A human being is only interesting if he's in contact with himself. I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are, and do what you ought to do the way you should do it.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.
~ Johann K. Lavater

A human being is only interesting if he's in contact with himself. I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are, and do what you ought to do the way you should do it. You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.
~ Barbra Streisand

When you really trust someone, you have to be okay with not understanding some things.
~ Real Live Preacher

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
~ Samuel Johnson

You always second guess yourself. Just think of all the time you'd save if you just trusted yourself.
~ Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata

One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.
~ Stephen Covey

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A councilor ought not to sleep the whole night through, a man to whom the populace is entrusted, and who has many responsibilities.
~ Homer

He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.
~ Lao-tzu

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
~ Graham Greene


A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare.
~ Jim Sorensen

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
~ Henry Miller

There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
~ James Thurber

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.
~ Woodrow Wilson

Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead.
~ Lily Langtry

The difference between visionaries and dreamers is that visionaries make the dreams come true.
~ Walter R. Mueller

I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.
~ Walt Disney

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet not withstanding, go out to meet it.
~ Thucydides

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.
~ Helen Keller

You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in.
~ Arlo Guthrie

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
~ John Updike

Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.
~ Elizabeth David

Pretending is not just play. Pretending is imagined possibility. Pretending, or acting, is a very valuable life skill and we do it all the time.
~ Meryl Streep

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential -- for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
~ Søren Kierkegaard

Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
~ Foster C. McClellan

Waste Not

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
~ Rodin

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
~ e e cummings

You ask me why I do not write something....I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.
~ Florence Nightingale

Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.
~ John Wanamaker

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
~ Euripides

Organization is what you do before you do it; so when you do it, it doesn’t get all messed up.
~ Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh

Make it a rule of 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 for wallowing in.
~ Katherine Mansfield

The secret of all power is - save your force. If you want high pressure you must choke off waste.
~ Joseph Farrell

The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.
~ Frances Willard

Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!
~ Marcus Aurelius Antonius

It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
~ Bertrand Russell

Worry is a misuse of imagination.
~Dan Zadra

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
~ Steve Jobs

Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time and soulpower to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different.
~ Dr. Frank Crane

There's no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership. None. Zilch. Nada. Actually, as the artist gets more into his thing, and as he gets more successful, his number of tools tends to go down. He knows what works for him. Expending mental energy on stuff wastes time.
~ Hugh Macleod

Wanting to be someone you're not is a waste of the person you are.
~ Kurt Cobain

Wisdom & Knowledge

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
~ Pablo Picasso

He who knows others is wise;
He who know himself is enlightened.
~ Lao-tzu

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
~ Benjamin Franklin

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is...to increase the productivity of Knowledge Work and the Knowledge Worker.
~ Peter F. Drucker

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
~ Plutarch

Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly bigger man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.
~ Gen. Peyton C. March

There are no mistakes so great as that of being always right.
~ Samuel Butler

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
~ Malcolm Forbes

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Know thyself? A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.
~ Andre Gide

It’s not what you know that hurts – it’s what you know that ain’t so.
~ Will Rogers

Always do right; this will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
~ Mark Twain

The renewal of societies and organizations can go forward only if someone cares. Apathy and lowered motivation are the most widely noted characteristics of a civilization on the downward path.
~ John W. Gardner

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
~ Alfred Adler

Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
~ Mae West

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
~ Yogi Berra

The older I get, the more I listen to people who don't say much.
~ Germain G. Glidden

The time is always right to do what is right.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~ Marcel Proust

Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.
~ William Shakespeare

Truth is the strongest and most powerful weapon a man can use, whether he is fighting for a reform or fighting for a sale.
~ Arthur Dunn

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.
~ H. L. Hunt

Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of virtue. They discourse like angels but they live like men.
~ Samuel Johnson

My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.
~ Novalis

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
~ Pearl Buck

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.
~ Henry David Thoreau

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
~ Alice Walker

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
~ George Bernard Shaw

Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
~ Sarah Bernhardt

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

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.
~ Oprah Winfrey

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

I can’t give you any advice but this: to go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows; at its source you will find the answer to the question of whether you must create.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Art too is just one way of living…
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
~ Benjamin Franklin

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
~ Margaret Fuller

When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
~ George Washington Carver

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
~ Dale Carnegie

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