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"The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.

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Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, the Marquise du Deffand (1697-1780) French woman of letters

Youre gonna have to serve somebody.


Bob Dylan (1941 ) American music artist

What we do in life, echoes in eternity.


Maximus Decimus Meridias Roman general from the film "Gladiator" (2000)

Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn.
Marian Wright Edelman (1939 ) American activist founder of the Children's Defense Fund

They say things happen for a reason... You don't do them, they won't.
Donavon Frankenreiter (1972 ) American music artist

Achievement is talent plus preparation.


Malcolm Gladwell (1963 ) Canadian journalist

To worry is to add another hazard.


Amelia Earhart (18971937) American aviator

I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity... If knocked down, I will get back up, every time.
U.S. Navy SEALs

Great persons are able to do great kindnesses.


Miguel de Cervantes (15471616) Spanish writer (as Sancho Panza in Don Quixote)

"Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now."
P.T. Barnum (18101891) Showman and circus founder

In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double. Don't worry. Be happy.
Bobby McFerrin (1950 ) American music artist 10-time Grammy Award winner

"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy."
Arthur Ashe (19431993) Professional tennis player

"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth."
Proverbs 10:4

What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage!


Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach for anything better.
Florence Nightingale (18201910) English pioneer of modern nursing

sell all good things at the price of labour.


Leonardo da Vinci (14521519) Italian painter, sculptor and inventor

"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield!"


Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) English poet

"The noblest search is the search for excellence."


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) Former U.S. president

"I only want people around me who can do the impossible."


Elizabeth Arden (1878-1966) Canadian businesswoman, style mogul

"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history."
James Cash Penney (1875-1971) Founder of J.C. Penney stores

"Punctuality is the politeness of kings."


Louis XVIII (1755-1824) French king

"People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents."
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) Scottish industrialist & philanthropist founder, Carnegie Steel Company

"Do not think a man has done his full duty when he has performed the work assigned him. A man will never rise if he does only this. Promotion comes from exceptional work."
Andrew Carnegie (18351919) Scottish industrialist & philanthropist

The thunderbolt falls on an inch of ground; but the light of it fills the horizon.
Ralph Waldo Emerson at the 1875 Centennial of April 19, 1775 Inscribed on the bridge in Concord, MA, where the American militia confronted the British troops.

"Just don't give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) American jazz singer

"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend."


Theophrastus (372 B.C.-287 B.C.) Greek philosopher

"Service is the supreme commitment of life."


Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) 29th president of the United States

"Never stop because you are afraid - you are never so likely to be wrong."
Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) Norwegian explorer, scientist and diplomat

"To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy...is to set our own conditions to the events of each day."
Ralph Waldo Trine (1866-1958) American philosopher and author

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."


Carl Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist

"What we call luck, what we call chance, is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
Will Smith (1968 - ) American actor

"Honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action."
Aristotle (384bc-322bc) Greek philosopher, physician & scientist

"If it is possible, it is done; if impossible, it shall be done."


Charles Alexandre de Calonne (1734-1802) French statesman

"Days and months are travelers of eternity. So are the years that pass by."
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) Japanese poet

"All words are pegs to hang ideas on."


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American clergyman

"So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act."
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) from "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" American writer and illustrator

"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."


Babe Ruth (1895-1948) American baseball player currently holds the No. 3 spot for the most home runs of all time with 714

"Leadership is demonstrated at the moment of need. You learn to be a leader by acting, by doing."
Carlos Ghosn (1954 - ) President and CEO Nissan Motor Co.

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
Helen Keller (1880-1968) American humanitarian and advocate for the deaf and blind

"Indecision and delays are the parents of failure."


George Canning (1770-1827) British statesman

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."


Aristotle (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher

"Perseverance is the secret of success. Procrastination is the secret of failure."


Milton Levine (1913 - ) invented Uncle Milton's Ant Farm, more than 26 million sold in 50 years

It's not enough what I did in the past - there is also the future.
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909 ) Italian scientist, senator Nobel Prize winner

Above all, don't fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909 ) Italian scientist, senator, Nobel Prize winner

"Strive for excellence, not perfection."


H. Jackson Brown, Jr. American author, writes "Life's Little Instruction Book" series

"There is no substitute for hard work."


Thomas Edison (1847-1931) inventor, frequently worked more than 40 hours straight

"The great end of life is not knowledge, but action."


Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) English biologist & educator

"I must govern the clock, not be governed by it."


Golda Meir (1898-1978) former Prime Minister of Israel

"It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results."


Warren Buffett (1931 - ) American stock market investor CEO Berkshire Hathaway

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


Demosthenes (384-322bc) Greek orator

"Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves."


Germaine Greer (1939 - ) Australian writer & liberationist

"Errors and mistakes are the necessary steps in the learning process; once they have served their purpose, they should be forgotten."
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Hall of Fame football coach

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


Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer & humorist

If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
Michelangelo (14751564) Italian painter and sculptor

The way to get started is to stop talking and start doing.


Walt Disney (19011966) American entrepreneur & entertainment icon

"Little by little does the trick."


Aesop (6th century B.C.) Greek fabulist

"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts."


Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) American broadcast journalist

"Get out there and take a risk."


Paul Potts (1971 - ) Welsh mobile phone salesman and winner of "Britain's Got Talent"

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."


Janis Joplin (1943-1970) American singer

"Management's job is to see the company not as it is ... but as it can become."
John W. Teets (1933 - ) chairman, Greyhound Corporation

"It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another."
Nelson Mandela (1918 - ) South African statesman

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Dare to be yourself.

Andr Gide (18691951) French writer, Nobel Prize winner

Pay no attention to appearing. Being is alone important.


Andr Gide (18691951) French writer, Nobel Prize winner

Would you persuade, speak of Interest, not of Reason.


Benjamin Franklin (17061790) American statesman, scientist, and printer

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.


Florence Nightingale (18201910) English pioneer of modern nursing

If you can't outplay them, outwork them.

Ben Hogan (19121997) American golfer

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.


Truman Capote (19241984) American writer

It's better to burn out than it is to rust.


Neil Young (1945 ) Canadian music artist

"Celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed."
Mia Hamm (1972 - ) American soccer player, Olympic gold medalist

"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) Scottish-born American inventor

"Go out and make yourself useful."


Peter Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American author, management theorist

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian activist (freedom fighter)

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian activist

"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves."
Ray Kroc (1902-1984) founder of McDonald's Corporation

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it."
Margaret Thatcher (1925 - ) first woman in European history to be elected prime minister

"You can make a difference if you speak up and set your mind to changing things."
A.G. Lafley (1947 ) CEO of Proctor & Gamble

"Not all horses were born equal. A few were born to win."
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer

"I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future."
Howard Schultz (1952 - ) Chairman of Starbucks Coffee

"Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power."


William James (1842-1910) American psychologist and philosopher

"Press on. Nothing can take the place of persistence."


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th President of the United States

"I dwell in possibility."


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet

"Manner is personality - the outward manifestation of one's innate character and attitude toward life."
Emily Post (1872-1960) American author and etiquette expert

"Certainly what one is, is of far greater importance than what one appears to be."
Emily Post (18721960) American writer and etiquette expert

"I am not afraid of the word tension."


Martin Luther King, Jr. (19291968) American civil rights leader Nobel Peace Prize winner

The greater the tension, the greater is the potential.


Carl Jung (18751961) Swiss psychiatrist

Honor, courage, commitment these are our core values.

U.S. Marine Corps

What's the point of talking to anyone if you don't tell 'em what you think?
Jon Krakauer (1952 ) American writer, mountaineer Pulitzer Prize finalist

"I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job."
Sandra Day O'Connor (1930 - ) first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court

"Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them."


Bud Fox, stockbroker from the movie "Wall Street" (1987)

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try."
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) from "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" American writer and illustrator

"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
Charles Du Bos (1882-1939) French literary critic

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
Maya Angelou (1928 - ) American poet, writer, historian, educator

Champions keep playing until they get it right.


Billie Jean King (1943 - ) American tennis champion, first female athlete to earn $100,000 in one year

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."


Colin L. Powell (1937 - ) U.S. Army general, former U.S. Secretary of State

A daring beginning is halfway to winning.


Heinrich Heine (17971856) German poet

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18."


Albert Einstein

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

Winston Churchill

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


Sir Winston Churchill (18741965) English statesman

People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English poet, critic and lexicographer

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
Beverly Sills (1929 - ) American opera singer

"There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer."


Peter Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-born management consultant and writer

"Clear your mind of can't."


Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784) English critic & poet

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."


Babe Ruth (1895-1948) American baseball player currently holds the No. 3 spot for the most home runs of all time with 714

"A mistake is simply another way of doing things."


Katharine Graham (1917-2001) American publisher, Pulitzer Prize winner

"To love what you do and feel that it matters -- how could anything be more fun?"
Katharine Graham (1917-2001) American publisher, Pulitzer Prize winner

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

Dr. Jane Goodall (1934 - ) English ethologist, world's foremost authority on primatology

"The task of a leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been."
Henry Kissinger (1923 - ) first foreign-born U.S. Secretary of State Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.


William Dean Howells (1837-1920) American writer

"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the United States

"You're going to make mistakes in life. It's what you do after the mistakes that counts."
Brandi Chastain (1968 - ) American soccer player, Olympic champion

"When you say "I will" with conviction, magic begins to happen."
Wally Amos (1936 - ) American entrepreneur, founder of Famous Amos Cookies

"Get a good idea, and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done, and done right."
Walt Disney (1901-1966) American entrepreneur, movie producer and showman

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American writer and activist

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Marie Curie (18671934) French physicist and chemist two-time Nobel Prize winner

"The future doesn't just happen -- it's shaped by decisions."


Paul Tagliabue (1940 - ) NFL Commissioner since 1989

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) American novelist and screenwriter

"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing."


Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish playwright

"The aim of life is selfdevelopment. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer & critic

"We are far too easily pleased."


C.S. Lewis (18981963) Irish scholar and theologian

The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.
C.S. Lewis (18981963) Irish writer and scholar

In this world, you must be a bit too kind in order to be kind enough.
Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux (16881763) French writer

I love getting up in the morning. I clap my hands and say, This is gonna be a great day.
the late Dicky Fox sports agent in the movie "Jerry Maguire"

"Unless you love everybody, you can't sell anybody."


the late Dicky Fox American sports agent from the film Jerry Maguire

"Roll with the punches. Tomorrow is another day."


the late great Dicky Fox original sports agent (from the film Jerry Maguire)

"The less I say the more my work gets done."


Elton John (1947 ) English music artist

"To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."
Helen Keller (1880-1968) American humanitarian, writer and advocate for the deaf and blind

"I will study and prepare myself, and someday my chance will come."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States

"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."
Peter Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American economist and author

"I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on."
Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974) Polish-born American film producer

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English critic & poet

"All things are possible until they are proved impossible -- and even the impossible may only be so, as of now."
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) American writer and missionary first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

"Go at life every day with passion and enthusiasm and when challenges arrive, simply do not give up."
Rick Wagoner (1953 - ) Chairman and CEO, General Motors

Passion persuades.
Anita Roddick (19422007) English entrepreneur, activist, founder of The Body Shop

I am aware that success is more than a good idea.


Anita Roddick (19422007) English entrepreneur and activist founder of The Body Shop

"Civility costs nothing, and buys everything."


Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 - 1762) English writer

"The worth of a life is not determined by a single failure or a solitary success."


Kevin Kline (1947 - ) American actor, as William Hundert in "The Emperor's Club" (2002)

"Failure is impossible."

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) Activist for women's suffrage

If America is the pursuit of happiness, the best way to pursue happiness is to help other people.
George Lucas (1944 ) American film director, producer and screenwriter

Lets drink to the hard working people Lets drink to the salt of the earth
Mick Jagger (1943 ) English music artist

"To play it safe is not to play."


Robert Altman (1925-2006) Award-winning film director

"One day in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian psychoanalyst

Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances... Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882) American writer, activist

"Hope for the best and prepare for the worst."


English Proverb

"We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threadsour actions run as causes and return to us as results."
Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) American novelist and father of four

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Hall of Fame football coach

Be yourself, try your best, and never be afraid to dream.


Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986) American teacher and astronaut

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American physicist

If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (19291968) American civil rights leader Nobel Peace Prize winner

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one.
Eleanor Roosevelt (18841962) American humanitarian and UN diplomat

"Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) New Zealand-born British short story writer

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."


Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) American civil rights leader

"There's always stuff to work on. You're never there."


Tiger Woods (1975 ) American professional golfer, world's No. 1 player

"Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for."
Marian Wright Edelman (1939 ) American activist, founder of the Children's Defense Fund

Be grateful for good breaks and kind favors but don't count on them.
Marian Wright Edelman (1939 ) American activist founder of the Children's Defense Fund

"I just like to smile. Smiling's my favorite."


Buddy the Elf from the film, Elf (2003) played by Will Ferrell

Merry Today.

Sam Parker (1965 ) Cofounder of GiveMore

"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"
Frank Scully (1892-1964) American newspaper columnist

"Optimism is essential."

Jeff Bezos (1964 - ) CEO and cofounder of Amazon.com

"The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day."


Gloria Steinem (1944 - ) American journalist, founder of Ms. Magazine

"Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life."


John D. Rockefeller (1874-1960) American oil magnate and philanthropist

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes."


Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967) American industrialist

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. "
Johann Goethe (1749-1832) German dramatist, poet & novelist

"Nothing is worth more than this day."


Johann Goethe (17491832) German dramatist and poet

"Every chance meeting is an appointment."


Pablo Neruda (19041973) Chilean poet and diplomat

"The man who wins is the man who thinks he can."


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American minister, founder of Guideposts magazine

"The way to get started is to stop talking and start doing."


Walt Disney (1901-1966) American entrepreneur, movie producer and showman

"I like what is in work the chance to find yourself."


Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924) Polish-born English novelist

"He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill."
Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797) British philosopher and statesman

"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our minds what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose..."
Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004) 40th President of the United States

"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."
Victoria Holt (1906-1993) best-selling British novelist

"We all have ability. The difference is how we use it."


Stevie Wonder (1950 - ) Singer and musician

The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.


Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) TV talk show host and entrepreneur

"You can't accomplish anything worthwhile if you inhibit yourself."


Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) TV host and producer, publisher, philanthropist

"You never know what you can do till you try."


English Proverb

"The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult."


Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, the Marquise du Deffand (1697-1780) French woman of letters

"Why not the best?"


Jimmy Carter (1924 - ) 39th president of the United States

There is no substitute for knowledge.


W. Edwards Deming (1900-1993) American management theorist

"Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, welltimed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free-- and worth a fortune."
Sam Walton (1918-1992) founder of Wal-Mart

"High expectations are the key to everything."


Sam Walton (1918-1992) Founder of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
Sam Walton (19181992) American retailer, founder of Wal-Mart

One of the most timeconsuming things is to have an enemy.


E.B. White (18991985) American writer

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
Rumi (12071273) Persian poet and philosopher

"Don't find fault, find a remedy."

Henry Ford (1863-1947) industrialist, inventor

"You can't measure success if you have never failed."


Steffi Graf (1969 - ) German tennis champion, Olympic gold medalist

"While the other guy's sleeping, I'm working. While the other guy's eatin, I'm working."
Will Smith (1968- ) American actor

"If you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready."


Will Smith (1968 ) American producer, actor, music artist

"Life is luck, make it."


Mother Teresa (19101997) Macedonian missionary, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Life is an opportunity, avail it.


Mother Teresa (19101997) Macedonian missionary Nobel Peace Prize winner

"We work to become, not to acquire."


Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American businessperson, writer and publisher

"What we think, we become."

Buddha

"I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow."
Dorothy Dix (1861-1951) at the time of her death, America's highest-paid and most widely read female journalist

"I no longer want to work for money, but simply for the joy of the work itself."
John Mackey (1954 - ) from a memo to his employees founder and CEO of Whole Foods Markets

"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) German theologian

Invest yourself entirely in the here and now.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 ) Vietnamese scholar and activist

The mind is the ground of everything.


Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 ) Vietnamese scholar and activist

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
Sarah Bernhardt (18441923) French actress and writer

I do not intend for 'honor, courage, and commitment' to be just words; I expect them to frame the way that we live and act.
Charles C. Krulak (1942 ) 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
Swedish Proverb

"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
Henry Drummond (1851-1897) Scottish theologist and scientist

"I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy."
Marie Curie (1867-1934) Polish-born French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

"I would like to do whatever it is that presses the essence from the hour."
Mary Oliver (1935 - ) American poet

"Work as if you were to live 100 years."


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and author

"My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play."


Tiger Woods (1975 - ) American golf champion

The great thing about tomorrow? I can be better tomorrow than I am today.
Tiger Woods (1975 ) American professional golfer

"No time like the present."


Mary de la Riviere Manley (1663-1724) English novelist and playwright

"Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well."

English Proverb

"We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads our actions run as causes and return to us as results."
Herman Melville (1819-1891) American novelist

"Use your good judgment in all situations."


Nordstrom Employee Handbook Rule #1 (the only rule)

"It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly."
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Russian-American science fiction author

"A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner."


English proverb

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
Paul Valry (1871-1945) French poet and critic

"There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home."
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) English economist & philosopher

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing."
John Stuart Mill (18061873) English economist and philosopher

"There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying."
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman & philosopher

"Always do right. That will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest."
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer

"Strive for perfection in everything. Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn't exist, create it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough."
Henry Royce (1863-1933) English industrialist, co-founder of Rolls-Royce

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


Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American economist and author

"You can either take action or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable."
Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American economist and author

"Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed."
Peter Drucker (1909 - 2005) Austrian-American economist and author

The trouble with miracles is not, after all, that they happen rarely; it is that one cannot rely on them.
Peter Drucker (19092005) Austrian-American writer and management theorist

If it's not broke, fix it anyway.


Merv Griffin (1925 - 2007) American businessman and entertainer

"There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th president of the U.S.

"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 (1954 - ) TV host and producer, publisher, philanthropist

"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes."


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist and poet

"Quality is not an act. It is a habit."


Aristotle (384bc-322bc) Greek philosopher, physician & scientist

"Kites rise highest against the wind -- not with it."


Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister during WWII

"Do or do not, there is no try."

Yoda Jedi master, from the "Star Wars" series

"Take risks. Take chances. Don't be afraid. You gotta go into life brave."
Billy Joel (1949 - ) American singer and songwriter

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold."
Helen Keller (1880-1968) American humanitarian, writer and advocate for the deaf and blind

"Seize the day."


Horace (65 B.C. - 8 B.C.) Roman poet

"Act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done by hesitation."
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) English biologist & educator

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
Warren Buffett (1931 - ) American stock market investor, CEO Berkshire Hathaway

"Luck? I've never banked on it... Luck to me is something else: hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
Lucille Ball (1911-1989) American comedienne and actress

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."


Sun Tzu (500-320 B.C.) writings of Chinese philosophers

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."


Lao Tzu (604 BC531 BC) Chinese philosopher

"Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure."


Edward Eggleston (1837-1902) American clergyman, author

"If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough."
Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) Unitarian clergyman and writer

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em."
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) English playwright and poet

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"
Mary Anne Radmacher (1957 - ) American artist

"Begin each day as if it were on purpose."


Mary Anne Radmacher (1957 - ) American artist and writer

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."


Mary Ann Evens (1819-1880) Wrote as "George Eliot" English author

"Well done is better than well said."


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, writer, scientist & printer

"If you do a job, do it right or there is no point."


Cal Ripken, Jr. (1960 - ) Hall of Fame shortstop and third baseman

"Life isn't just about what you can have; it's about what you have to give."
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) TV host and producer, publisher, philanthropist

"It is never too late to learn."


Roger l'Estrange (1616-1704) English journalist and pamphleteer

"I court exertion. I love work."

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer and humorist

"If I persist, if I continue to try, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed."


Og Mandino (1923-1996) American writer and sales guru

"This is the time. This is the place. I am the man. I will act now."
Og Mandino (19231996) Writer and sales guru

"One is responsible for one's own life. Passivity provides no protection."


Madeleine Kunin (1933- ) Swiss-American diplomat and politician

"Generosity is more fun. That's the key."


Robert Thurman (1941 ) American scholar and Buddhist monk

"Difficulties mastered are opportunities won."


Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister during WWII

"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."
Dianne Feinstein (1933 - ) U.S. Senator, first woman elected mayor of San Francisco

"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British writer highest-paid author in the world during the 1930s

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of habit.
W. Somerset Maugham (18741965) British writer highest paid author in the world during the 1930s

Mediocre people have an answer for everything and are astonished at nothing.
Eugene Delacroix (17981863) French artist

"When you combine passion and hard work, then success is always possible."
Arte Moreno (1946 - ) owner of the Los Angeles Angels, first Hispanic owner of a major league sports team

"Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.N. diplomat, humanitarian, U.S. First Lady

Failure is only an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.


Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, inventor

"You don't just deal with adversity. You use it to propel you forward."
Erik Weihenmayer (1968 - ) first blind person to summit Mt. Everest

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice; it's not a thing to be waited for, but a thing to be achieved."
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) U.S. congressman, secretary of state, presidential nominee

"I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one."
Mark Twain (1835-1910 ) American writer

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) American writer

"To tend, unfailingly, unflinchingly, towards a goal, is the secret of success."


Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) Russian ballerina

The first rule is, to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.
Marcus Aurelius (121180) Roman emperor and philosopher

Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Proverbs 20:13

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
Proverbs 18:2

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.


George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (18191880) English writer

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Ferris Bueller American student from the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

When we exist without thought or thanksgiving we are not men, but beasts.
M.F.K. Fisher (19081992) American writer

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy (19171963) 35th president of the United States

Where one door is shut, another is opened.

Miguel de Cervantes (15471616) Spanish writer

Take your heart to work, and ask the most and best of everybody else too.
Meryl Streep (1949 ) American actress Academy Award winner

"You don't do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time."
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Hall of Fame football coach

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on."
Robert Frost (1874-1963) American writer & poet

"Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it..."
Mary Pickford (1893-1979) Canadian actress, Academy Award winner cofounder of United Artists

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."


Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-born American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

"Believe you can, and you can."


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American writer and minister, founder of "Guideposts" magazine

"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."


Thomas Edison (1847-1931) inventor, salesman, frequently worked more than 40 hours straight

"He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions."
James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888) American minister & scholar

"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way."
Juan Ramon Jimenez (1881-1958) Spanish poet

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure."
Colin L. Powell (1937 - ) former U.S. Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

"Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."


Colin L. Powell (1937 - ) former U.S. Secretary of State, Army General

"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!"
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) Scottish industrialist & philanthropist founder, Carnegie Steel Company

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
Paulo Coelho (1947 - ), from "The Alchemist" Brazilian writer

"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was."
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961) Secretary General of the United Nations Nobel Prize laureate

"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."


George "Papa Bear" Halas (1895-1983) American football pioneer, coach, owner & player

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


Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, inventor

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd president of the United States

"We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.N. diplomat, humanitarian, U.S. first lady

"If we are to be a really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill."
Theodore Roosevelt (18581919) 26th president of the United States

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

Walt Disney (1901-1966) American entrepreneur, movie producer and showman

"If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking."


George S. Patton (1885-1945) World War II general

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
George S. Patton (1885-1945) U.S. Army general during WWII

"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."
George Patton (1885-1945) American general, nicknamed "Old Blood and Guts"

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity."
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French chemist & biologist developed pasteurization and founded modern microbiology

"Chance favors only the prepared mind."


Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French chemist

"Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor and philosopher

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.


Marcus Aurelius (121180) Roman emperor, philosopher

The people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.
Malcolm Gladwell (1963 - ) Canadian journalist

Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.
Malcolm Gladwell (1963 ) Canadian journalist

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.


Michelangelo (14751564) Italian painter and sculptor

"A man should take away not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for thus superfluous acts will not follow after."
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121180) Roman emperor

"There is no path. The path is made by walking."


Antonio Machado (18751939) Spanish poet

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist and poet

"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) American writer and missionary first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) 36th President of the United States

"You accomplish victory step by step, not by leaps and bounds."


Lyn St. James (1947 - ) American race car driver second woman in history to race in the Indianapolis 500 and mother of one

"Someone's got to go out there and love people."


Diana, Princess of Wales (19611997) Humanitarian, member of the British royal family

"Be what you are. Give what is yours to give. Have style. Dare."
Stanley Kunitz (1905 - 2006) American poet

"If you know where it's going, it's not worth doing."
Frank Gehry (1929 - ) Canadian-American architect, selected to design the performing arts center at the World Trade Center site

"Do your work with all your heart and you will succeed."
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American publisher and businessperson

"If you want work well done, select a busy man - the other kind has no time."
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915) American publisher and writer

"The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it. "
John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic & social theorist

"The fruits of life fall into the hands of those who climb the tree and pick them."

Earl Tupper (1907-1983) American business person, Tupperware inventor

It isn't easy to be frank with yourself. But, if you wish to find your particular success in life, it is the most rewarding reaction of them all.
Brownie Wise (19131992) American businesswoman Tupperware catalyst circa 1950s

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.

Albert Einstein (18791955) Swiss physicist

For myself I am an optimist it does not seem to be much use being anything else...
Sir Winston Churchill (18741965) British prime minister during WWII

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing...


Thomas Jefferson (17431826) 3rd president of the United States principal author of the Declaration of Independence

How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened!
Thomas Jefferson (17431826) 3rd president of the United States

"Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over."
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) American novelist

"Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."
Coco Chanel (1883-1971) French fashion designer & businessperson

"The time is always right to do what is right."


Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) civil rights leader

"The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) American poet

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 (1892-1979) cofounder of United Artists Canadian actress, Academy Award winner

"There's only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything."
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Hall of Fame football coach

"Confidence is contagious."
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Hall of Fame football coach

"

Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway."

John Wayne (1907-1979) American actor

"I'm not following anybody's tracks, I'm making my own."


Picabo Street (1971 - ) Skier, Olympic gold medalist

"You have to trust in something -your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

Steve Jobs (1955 - ) CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios from Stanford University commencement address,

Enthusiasm moves the world."

Arthur Balfour (1848-1930) British prime minister

On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions . . . who, on the dawn of victory, stopped to rest . . . and resting . . . lost the victory.
Adapted from Omar Khayyam (1050 - 1122) Persian mathematician and poet

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
Chinese Proverb

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
J.K. Rowling (1965 - ) English novelist in "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone"

"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American writer and activist

"Smile, it enhances your face value."


Dolly Parton (1946 - ) as Truvy Jones in "Steel Magnolias" (1989) American singer and actress

"You cannot create experience. You must undergo it."


Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer

I'll tell you a big secret, my friend. Don't wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
Albert Camus (19131960) French writer Nobel Prize winner

"I wasted time and now doth time waste me."


William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright and poet

"We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch. "


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th president of the United States

"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and action."


Harold S. Geneen (1910-1997) former CEO, International Telephone & Telegraph

"I recommend to you to take care of the minutes; for hours will take care of themselves."
Philip Dormer Stanhope (1694-1773) 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters

"The natural thing to do is to work - to recognize that prosperity and happiness can be obtained only through honest effort."
Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, inventor

"Constantly talking isn't necessarily communicating."


Jim Carrey (1962 - ) Canadian-American actor as Joel Barish in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

"Elbow grease is the best polish."


English Proverb

"Do what you can to do what you ought to do, and leave hoping and fearing alone."
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) English biologist & educator

"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 (1825-1895) English biologist and educator

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) from "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" American writer and illustrator

"Speak little, do much."


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, writer, scientist & printer

"With method and logic one can accomplish anything."


Agatha Christie (1890-1976) English detective fiction writer

"The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."
Confucius (551B.C.-479B.C.) Chinese philosopher

"It ain't over 'til it's over."


Yogi Berra (1925 - ) Hall of Fame baseball player and manager holds the record for the most World Series played and won

"Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends."


William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright & poet

"Don't be embarrassed by your achievements. Being an overachiever is nothing despicable. It is only admirable. Never lower your standards."
Martha Stewart (1941 - ) American entrepreneur and former Girl Scout

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
Muhammad Ali (1942 - ) American boxer

"Champions are made from something deep inside a desire, a dream, and a vision."
Muhammad Ali (1942 - ) American boxing champion

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
Helen Keller (1880-1968) American humanitarian and advocate for the deaf and blind

"The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist & printer

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."


Sir Edmund Hillary (1919 - ) New Zealander, humanitarian, first man to summit Mt. Everest

"Don't just stand there, make it happen."


Lee Iacocca (1924 - ) former chairman of the Chrysler Corporation

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


Wayne Gretzky (1961 - ) Canadian hockey player & coach

"All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it walk."
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-born best-selling writer & philosopher

"Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death."


Ayn Rand (19051982) Russian-born American writer and philosopher

"Dare to be naive."
R. Buckminster Fuller (18951983) American inventor & futurist

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the United States

"There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. "
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American minister and author founded "Guideposts" magazine

"It's always too soon to quit."


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American minister & best-selling author former door-to-door salesman

"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital."


Joe Paterno (1926 - ) American college football coach #4 on the all-time winning list to date

"I have learned to imagine an invisible sign around each person's neck that says, 'Make me feel important!'"
Mary Kay Ash (1918 - 2001) American businessperson

"It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that."
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) English writer, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

"It is wonderful what you can do when you have to."

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), Irish writer, scholar

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.
C.S. Lewis (18981963) Irish writer, scholar

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

African proverb

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly..."
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) American 26th president of the United States

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) 6th President of the United States

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.N. diplomat, humanitarian, U.S. First Lady

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English naturalist

"The best place to succeed is where you are with what you have."
Charles M. Schwab (18621939) American industrialist

"Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more."


Edward H. Harriman (1848-1909) American railroad executive

"Anything in life worth having is worth working for."


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) Scottish industrialist & philanthropist founder, Carnegie Steel Company

"Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) American activist, writer & editor developed ideas that would become the platform of the womens rights movement

"The one sure way to success is to know everything you can about what you do."
Donald Trump (1946 - ) American real estate developer

"In the end, go with your gut."


Donald Trump (1946 - ) American real estate developer

"Service is what life is all about."


Marion Wright Edelman (1939 - ) American founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund and the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi State Bar

"You are in charge of your own attitude - whatever others do or circumstances you face. The only person you can control is yourself."
Marian Wright Edelman (1939 - ) American founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund

"If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time."
Marian Wright Edelman (1939 ) Founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund

"Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?

Marian Wright Edelman (1939 ) American founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund

Be real. Try to do what you say, say what you mean, and be what you seem.
Marian Wright Edelman (1939 ) American activist founder of the Children's Defense Fund

"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step."


Antoine de Saint Exupery (19001944) French aviator and writer

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
John Quincy Adams (17671848) 6th president of the United States

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.
Kahlil Gibran (18831931) Lebanese writer and philosopher

"As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (19001944) French aviator and writer

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt (18841962) American first lady, humanitarian, and UN diplomat

"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007) American novelist

"The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now."


James Baldwin (1924-1987) American writer

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
Paul Valry (1871-1945) French poet and critic

"Your happiness ultimately comes from the way you work, not where you work."
Russell Simmons (1957 - ) American entrepreneur

"No matter what you're doing, try to work at that task like it's your dream job."
Russell Simmons (1957 ) American entrepreneur

"I don't care about money. I just want to be wonderful."


Marilyn Monroe (19261962) American actress

"This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister during WWII

"I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position."
Serena Williams (1981 - ) American tennis champion

"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion."
Jack Welch (1936 - ) former chairman, General Electric

"I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned."
Carol Burnett (1933 - ) American comedienne and actress

"When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either."
Leo Burnett (1891-1971) American advertising executive

"Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will and his personal responsibility."
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) German medical missionary Nobel Peace Prize winner

"The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back."
Marcus Annaeus Seneca (60BC-37AD) Roman writer

Lay hold of today's task and you will not depend so much upon tomorrow's.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4B.C.65A.D.) Roman philosopher and statesman

"If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late."
Lee Iacocca (1924 - ) American automobile executive

"Time is limited, so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action, and purpose."
Lance Armstrong (1971 - ) U.S. cyclist, seven-time Tour de France champion, cancer survivor

"Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit."
Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) Polish-American business woman opened the world's first beauty salon

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."
Lena Horne (1917 - ) American actress and singer

"We have to go for what we think we're fully capable of, not limit ourselves by what we've been in the past."
Vivek Paul (1959 - ) Indian businessman, CEO of Wipro Technologies

"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."
George Lucas (1944 - ) American film director, created "Star Wars"

"We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears."


David Sarnoff (1891-1971) President of RCA and NBC

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, writer, scientist & printer

"When we know our own strength, we shall the better know what to undertake with hopes of success."
John Locke (1632-1704) English philosopher

"If you take risks, you may still fail. But if you do not take risks, you will surely fail. The greatest risk of all is to do nothing."
Roberto C. Goizueta (1931-1997) Cuban-American businessman CEO, Coca-Cola Co.

"Ya gotta believe."


Tug McGraw (1944-2003) Major League Baseball pitcher (Mets/Phillies) threw the game-winning strike to clinch the Phillies' only World Series Championship

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) English writer, author of "Brave New World"

"A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well."
Jeff Bezos (1964 - ) CEO and cofounder of Amazon.com

"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish poet and novelist

"No ethic is as ethical as the work ethic."


John Kenneth Galbraith (19082006) Canadian economist

"Everything you can imagine is real."


Pablo Picasso (18811973) Spanish artist

"If you don't risk anything, you risk even more."


Erica Jong (1942 - ) best-selling American writer and poet

"The big rewards come to those who travel the second, undemanded mile."
Bruce Barton (1886-1967) American advertising executive, cofounder of BBDO U.S. congressman & writer

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside themselves was superior to circumstance.
Bruce Barton (18861967)

American advertising executive, U.S. congressman

I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.


Thomas Edison (18471931) Inventor and entrepreneur

"Any job you're given is an opportunity to prove yourself."


Meg Whitman (1956 ) Longtime CEO of eBay

"Good things happen when you do good."


Wesley Autrey New York construction worker and hero

"When I do good, I feel good."


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th president of the United States

"I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright and critic

"But dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, writer, scientist & printer

"I felt that I could make a difference. That's the best reason to go into business."
Sir Richard Branson (1950 - ) Chairman of Virgin Group

I'm not the sort of person who fears failure.


Richard Branson (1950 ) English entrepreneur chairman of Virgin Group

I'm a great believer in life in saying yes and not saying no... and hopefully making people smile.
Richard Branson (1950 ) English entrepreneur, chairman of Virgin Group

One's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
Florence Nightingale (18201910) English pioneer of modern nursing

The meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) 36th president of the United States

"Great labor overcomes everything."


Roman proverb

"You're never a loser until you quit trying."


Mike Ditka (1939 - ) Former Chicago Bears coach

"When I came to work, I didn't just come to work. I leaped to work."


Al Pacino (1940 - ) American film actor and Academy, Emmy & Tony Award winner, discussing an early job at Commentary Magazine

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

Robert Yates (1943 - ) NASCAR racing team owner

"A winner is somebody who goes out there every day and exhausts himself trying to get something accomplished."
Joe Torre (1940 - ) Los Angeles Dodgers manager former Major League Baseball player

"The price of greatness is responsibility."


Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman, prime minister during WWII

"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 (1880-1968) American humanitarian, writer and advocate for the deaf and blind

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States

"The starting point of all achievement is desire."


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American writer

"The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings."


Okakura Kakuzo (1863-1913) Japanese teacher & art critic

"Deal with the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was."
John Chambers (1949 - ) CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) American poet

"If you want it you must obtain it by great labour."


T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) American-born English poet and man of letters

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and...confidence in ourselves."
Marie Curie (1867-1934) Polish physicist two-time Nobel Prize winner

"I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy."
Marie Curie (1867-1934) Polish-born French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance.
Marie Curie (18671934) French physicist and chemist two-time Nobel Prize winner

"There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat."
T.E. Lawrence (1888 - 1935) aka Lawrence of Arabia, British military leader and writer

"Content yourself with doing, leave the talking to others."


Baltasar Gracin (1601 - 1658) Spanish priest and writer

"Believe in the best... have a goal for the best, never be satisfied with less than your best, try your best, and in the long run things will turn out for the best."
Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist

"The only foundation of real business is service."


Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, inventor

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."
Henry Ford (18631947) Founder of the Ford Motor Company

"I have zero interest in being big. Biggest, I have an interest."


Haim Saban (1943 ) Children's TV executive and billionaire

"Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday-to-Friday sort of dying.
Studs Terkel (1912 ) Historian and author

The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.
Fridtjof Nansen (18611930) Norwegian explorer Nobel Prize winner

"Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt."


Jos Ortega y Gasset (18831955) Spanish writer and philosopher

Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.


Marcus Aurelius (121180) Roman emperor and philosopher

"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop."
Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher

"People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them."


John Dos Passos (1896 - 1970) American novelist

"Whatever it takes, that's what I do."


David R. Mellor (1963 - ) American groundskeeper, Director of Grounds, Fenway Park

"Every day you've got to get up and play hard."


Jeff Immelt (1956 - ) CEO, General Electric

"When nothing is sure, everything is possible."


Margaret Drabble (1939 - ) English novelist

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead (19011978) American cultural anthropologist

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do."
Benjamin Spock (19031998) Physician and author

"In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail."


Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970) Hall of Fame football coach

"There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction."
Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924) Austro-Hungarian novelist and short story writer

"I forgot." "No one told me." "That's not my job." You don't want to say it. You don't want to hear it.
from Be Like Rowan

"I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big."
Babe Ruth (1895 - 1948) American baseball player, currently holds the No. 3 spot for the most career home runs with 714

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
Annie Dillard (1945 - ) American author and Nobel Prize recipient

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) English playwright and poet

"You learn more from losing than you do with winning."


John McEnroe (1959 - ) former World No. 1 professional tennis player

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Anne Bradstreet (1612 - 1672) British-American poet

An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience.
Ray Bradbury (1920 ) American writer

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."


Babe Ruth (1895-1948) American baseball player currently holds the No. 3 spot for the most home runs of all time with 714

"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright & poet

"Industry is cheap. It is laziness that costs. It has cost many a bright man a bright career."
John H. Patterson (1844-1922) American manufacturer Founder of National Cash Register

"Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction."


Anne Frank (1929 - 1945) German diarist

The future will depend on what we do in the present.


Mahatma Gandhi (18691948) Indian activist

On no account brood over your wrong-doing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
Aldous Huxley (18941963) English writer, author of "Brave New World"

"Who wants a dream that's near-fetched?"


Howard Schultz (1954 - ) Chairman of Starbucks Coffee Company

"Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future."
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) 35th president of the United States

"It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure."
Mary Kay Ash (1918 - 2001) American businessperson

"Every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. Success in many cases is failure turned inside out."
Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001) American businessperson founder of Mary Kay Inc.

"You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping-stones and climb to new heights."
Mary Kay Ash (19182001) Saleswoman and entrepreneur

"The first rule of holes is that when you're in one, stop digging."
Thomas L. Friedman (1953 ) New York Times columnist

"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."
Walt Disney (1901-1966) American entrepreneur, movie producer and showman

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (17491832) German dramatist, poet & novelist

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (17491832) German writer

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
Bill Cosby (1937 - ) American comedian, actor, producer father of five

"Worry about being better; bigger will take care of itself."


Gary Comer (19292006) American entrepreneur founder of Lands' End

"You can only stumble if you're moving."


Roberto Goizueta (1931-1997) Cuban-American businessman, former CEO of Coca-Cola Co.

"The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American writer & physician

Don't be "consistent," but be simply true.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (18091894) American physician and writer

"When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt."


Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967) American industrialist

"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience."
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American patriot

"My candle burns at both ends."


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) American poet

"The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish playwright and poet

"We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours."
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961) Swedish diplomat and Secretary General of the United Nations

"The cautious seldom err."

Confucius (551 B.C.-479 B.C.) Chinese philosopher

"Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are."
August W. Hare (1792-1834) British cleric

"Always give your best."


Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) 37th president of the United States

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."


John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic and social theorist

"Go out and make yourself useful."


Peter Drucker (1909 - ) Austrian-American author, management theorist

"Not all horses were born equal. A few were born to win."
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer

"Work is love made visible."


Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) Lebanese poet, philosopher & painter

"I am interested only in stretching myself, on living as fully as I can."


Doris Lessing (1919 - ) British author

"You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself."
Diana Ross (1944 - ) American singer

"Let every action aim solely at the common good."


Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor and philosopher

"I work hard because I love my work."


Bill Gates (1955 - ) American businessman founder and chairman of Microsoft

"It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another."
Nelson Mandela (1918 - ) South African statesman

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer and humorist

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer

"Your duty, your reward -- your destiny -- are here and now."
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961) Secretary General of the United Nations Nobel Prize laureate

"Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant of metals."
Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer

The best is the enemy of the good.


Voltaire (16941778) French writer and philosopher

"It's wonderful to have a beginner's mind."


Steve Jobs (1955 ) Co-founder and CEO of Apple

"Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do."
Jonas Salk (19141995) American biologist Developed the vaccine for polio

"A fellow doesn't last long on what he has done. He has to keep on delivering."
Carl Hubbell (1903-1988) American baseball player, Hall of Fame pitcher

"A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist."


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.N. diplomat, humanitarian, U.S. First Lady

I am an optimist. Any tough problem, I think it can be solved.


Bill Gates (1955 ) cofounder and chairman of Microsoft

"I believe in realizable ideals and in realizing them, in preaching what can be practiced and in practicing it."
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the United States

"We are what we repeatedly do."


Aristotle (384bc-322bc) Greek philosopher, physician & scientist

"Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before."
Bonnie Blair (1964 - ) Olympic speed skater U.S. historys most decorated winter athlete

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Scottish writer and physician

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."


Steve Jobs (1955 - ) CEO, Apple Computer, Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
Stephen King (1947 - ) American horror writer hard worker

"Success is not an entitlement. It has to be earned."


Howard Schultz (1954 - ) Chairman of Starbucks Coffee Company

"Men are alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they differ."
John Baptiste Molire (1622-1673) French playwright

"If you can dream it, you can do it."


Walt Disney (1901-1966) American film producer

"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do."
Lucille Ball (1911-1989) American comedienne, mother of two

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet and dramatist

"Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) Italian friar, founder of the Franciscan order

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) German medical missionary, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few more upon it.
Albert Schweitzer (18751965) German medical missionary Nobel Peace Prize winner

"The happiness of men consists in life. And life is in labor."


Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Russian novelist

"Energy and persistence conquer all things."


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, writer, scientist & printer

"We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems."
Lee Iacocca (1924 - ) former chairman of the Chrysler Corporation

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
John W. Gardner (19122002) American reformer and activist

"Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German physicist, Nobel prize winner

"There's a way to do it better -find it."


Thomas Edison (1847-1931) inventor, salesman frequently worked more than 40 hours straight

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don't turn up at all."
Sam Ewing (1920-2001) American writer & humorist

"Never trouble another for what you can do yourself."


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd president of the United States

The most valuable of all talents... that of never using two words where one will do.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826) 3rd president of the United States

He who knows most, knows how little he knows.


Thomas Jefferson (17431826) 3rd president of the United States

"This above all: to thine own self be true."


William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright and poet

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."


Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister during WWII

"You can tell a man is clever by his answers. You can tell a man is wise by his questions."
Naguib Mahfouz (1911 - ) Egyptian novelist, Nobel Prize Laureate

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
Sir Roger Bannister (1929 - ) British physician and runner, first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes

"The important thing is not to stop questioning."


Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German physicist

"You cannot be really first-rate at your work if work is all you are."
Anna Quindlen (1953 - ) American writer and Newsweek columnist

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears."
John McCain (1936 - ) U.S. Senator, Vietnam veteran

"We're just scratching the surface of what's really possible."


Steve Ballmer (1956 - ) CEO of Microsoft

"Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed."
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch painter first career: art salesman

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"


Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch painter

listen (verb) 1 : to pay attention to sound 2 : to hear something with thoughtful attention : give consideration 3 : to be alert to catch an expected sound
Merriam Webster Dictionary

"In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value."
Lou Gerstner (1942 - ) former Chairman & CEO of IBM

"Diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs."


B.C. Forbes (1880-1954) Scottish journalist & founder of Forbes Magazine

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
Rene Descartes (15961650) French philosopher and mathematician

I think, therefore I am.

Ren Descartes (15961650) French philosopher and mathematician

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley (18941963) English writer

"You only have what you give. It's by spending yourself that you become rich."
Isabel Allende (1942 ) Chilean-American novelist

"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."
Robin Williams (1951 ) As Mr. Keating in "Dead Poets Society"

Carpe diem. Quam minimum credula postero.


Horace (65B.C.8B.C.) Roman poet

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


John Steinbeck (1902-1968) American writer

"Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew."
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) French bishop

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
St. Francis de Sales (15671622) French bishop and writer

Patience is necessary... one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
Soren Kierkegaard (18131855) Danish philosopher and writer

"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."
George Washington Carver (1864-1943) American educator and agricultural chemist

"The majority of people are not only afraid of holding a wrong opinion, they are afraid of holding an opinion alone."
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher

The thing that cowardice fears most is decision.


Soren Kierkegaard (18131855) Danish philosopher and writer

A road well begun is the battle half won. The important thing is to make a beginning and get under way.
Soren Kierkegaard (18131855) Danish philosopher and writer

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.


Steve Prefontaine (19511975) American Olympic runner

No time like the present.

Delarivier Manley (16631724) English writer

"Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's level of aspiration and expectation."
Jack Nicklaus (1940 - ) American golf champion

Man was not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) best-selling American writer

"Never mistake motion for action."


Ernest Hemingway (18991961) American novelist

"Never let anyone tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.N. diplomat, humanitarian, U.S. First Lady

"What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC-65AD) Roman philosopher and statesman

"Business is the most powerful force in society."


Ben Cohen (1951 - ) co-founder, Ben & Jerry's

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
Anne Frank (1929-1945) German diarist

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection."
Thomas Paine (17371809) American political theorist & writer

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
Will Rogers (1879-1935) American humorist

Being maniacal about something is very helpful.


Bill Gates (1955 ) American businessman, philanthropist

"What we think, we become."


Buddha

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States

"The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th president of the United States

"Now is the time..."


Martin Luther King, Jr. (19291968) American civil rights leader Nobel Peace Prize winner

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) missionary, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain (18351910) American writer

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949

"If not now, when?"


Hillel (30B.C.-10A.D.) Jewish scholar

"Whatever you do, don't do it halfway."


Bob Beamon (1946 - ) American athlete, Olympic gold medalist

"Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power."


William James (1842-1910) American psychologist and philosopher

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never."


Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister during WWII

"God sells us all things at the price of labor."


Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian painter, sculptor and inventor

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."


Leonardo da Vinci (14521519) Italian painter, sculptor and inventor

"Don't overlook the opportunity to achieve something, don't be nervous, don't hold back, give it all that you've got, because the moment may never come again."
Venus Williams (1980 ) American professional tennis player 5-time Wimbledon champion

So what if you fail? At least you'll know what not to do when you try again.
Venus Williams (1980 ) American professional tennis player 5-time Wimbledon champion

"We believe in always innovating and never being satisfied with the status quo. If you don't try, you'll never know.
Andrew J. McKelvey (1935- ) Chairman and CEO of Monster Worldwide

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
John Wooden (1910-) Hall of Fame basketball coach for UCLA won a record 10 NCAA championships

"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything."

John Wooden (1910 - ) Hall of Fame basketball coach for UCLA won a record 10 NCAA championships

"Be quick but do not hurry."


John Wooden (1910 - ) Hall of Fame basketball coach for UCLA won a record 10 NCAA championships

"Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay."


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986) French philosopher and writer

"All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go."
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American minister and writer

"We tend to get what we expect."

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American minister and author

"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf (1934 - ) U.S. Army four-star general

"Knowing when to keep your mouth shut is invariably more important than opening it at the right time. "
Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American publisher

"Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing."
B.C. Forbes (1880-1954) Scottish journalist & founder of Forbes magazine

"If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives."
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Hall of Fame football coach

"Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."


Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970) Hall of Fame football coach

"Inches make the champion."


Vince Lombardi (19131970) Hall of fame football coach

"When you achieve one dream, dream another."


Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger (1948 ) Former Notre Dame football player and motivational speaker

"There is no substitute for hard work."


Thomas Edison (1847-1931) inventor, frequently worked more than 40 hours straight

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."


Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer & critic

"To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.
"Sugar" Ray Robinson (1921-1989) American boxing champion

"Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
Matthew 7:7

"Much effort, much prosperity."


Euripides (480BC-406BC) Greek playwright

"The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable."


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th U.S. president youngest person ever elected to the U.S. presidency

Nothing is impossible.

Gertrude Elion (19181999) American chemist Nobel Prize winner

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, writer & scientist

"The man who does things makes mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all -- doing nothing."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, writer, scientist & printer

"The last of the human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Viktor Frankl (19051997) Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing."
Alan Alda (1936- ) American actor, screenwriter & director

"Circumstances should never alter principles."


Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) Irish writer & critic

"Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory. Be brave enough to live life creatively."
Alan Alda (1936 - ) American actor, screenwriter & director

When you are green, youre growing; When you are ripe, you begin to rot.
Ray Kroc, founder McDonalds Corp.

work 1: activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something: a: sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

"Obstacles cannot bend me. Every obstacle yields to effort."


Leonardo da Vinci (14521519) Italian painter, sculptor and inventor

"Victory belongs to the most persevering."


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French general and emperor

"We like to acquire our competitors one customer at a time."


Michael Dell (1965 - ) chairman & founder, Dell Inc.

"That's why my belief is the briefer the brief is, the greater the sigh of the reader's relief is."
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) American writer and illustrator

"Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume."
Madeleine Albright (1937 - ) former U.S. Secretary of State first foreign-born U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

"The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American author of "How To Win Friends And Influence People"

"Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister during WWII

"Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance."


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English critic & poet

"We work to become, not to acquire."


Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American businessperson, writer and publisher

"If life teaches you nothing else, know this for sure: when you get the chance, go for it."
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) TV host and producer, publisher, philanthropist

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


Oprah Winfrey (1954 ) TV host, publisher and philanthropist

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American physicist

"A good reputation is measured by how much you can improve the lives of others customers, employees, community."
George Eastman (1854-1932) founder of Eastman Kodak Company

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) Hall of Fame baseball player

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist and poet

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared with what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet and essayist

"You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it."
Barbra Streisand (1942- ) American entertainer, Academy Award winner

"No victor believes in chance."


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German philosopher

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
Louis L'Amour (19081988) American writer

"Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth."


Julie Andrews (1935 - ) British singer & actress

"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out."
James Bryant Conant (1893-1978) American chemist and university president

"I can change. I can do better."


Jeff Immelt (1956 - ) CEO, General Electric

"After one has discovered what he is called for, he should set out to do it with all of the power that he has in his system."
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) civil rights leader

"Just go out there and do what you have to do."


Martina Navratilova (1956- ) Czechoslovakian-born tennis champion winner of 9 Wimbledon singles titles

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American essayist and poet

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th President of the United States

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor."
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) American writer & philosopher

Be conscious in this world.

Alice Waters (1944 ) American chef and writer

We can't think narrowly. We have to think in the biggest possible way.


Alice Waters (1944 ) American chef and writer

Train well. Work hard. Work harder.


Charles Carroll (1964 ) American chef

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.


Duke Ellington (1899-1974) American composer and musician

"Things don't have to change the world to be important."


Steve Jobs (1955- ) CEO, Apple and Pixar

"The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one proposes to do."
Pablo Casals (1876-1973) Spanish musician, conductor and composer

"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British statesman and prime minister

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

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.


Thomas Edison (1847-1931) American inventor frequently worked more than 40 hours straight holds the most U.S. patents ever issued to an individual inventor

"Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him."
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British writer, author of "Brave New World"

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
Thomas Edison (1847-1931) inventor, salesman frequently worked more than 40 hours straight

"I like thinking big...if you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. "
Donald Trump (1946- ) American real estate developer

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) missionary, Nobel Peace Prize winner

We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) missionary, Nobel Peace Prize winner

"To have courage for whatever comes in life everything lies in that."
Mother Teresa (19101997) Macedonian missionary and Nobel Peace Prize winner

Life is an adventure, dare it.


Mother Teresa (19101997) Macedonian missionary Nobel Peace Prize winner

"It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly."
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Russian-American science fiction author

"Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning."


Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister

"Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.N. diplomat, humanitarian, U.S. First Lady

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."


Sun Tzu

"Why not? Why not you? Why not now?"


Aslan Heroic lion in "The Chronicles of Narnia"

When the lion is chasing the antelope, he doesn't look back. He has to eat.
Robert Cheruiyot (1978 ) Kenyan marathon runner, four-time Boston Marathon winner

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Paulo Coelho (1947 ) Brazilian writer

"One who fears failure limits his activities."


Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, inventor

"So much of the satisfying work of life begins as an experiment; having learned this, no experiment is ever quite a failure."
Alice Walker (1944 - ) American novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner

"I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future."
Howard Schultz (1952- ) Chairman of Starbucks Coffee

"Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own."
Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970) French general, president & statesman

"Who works achieves and who sows reaps."


Arabian proverb

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."


Juma Ikangaa (1957 - ) Tanzanian marathon runner

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at something worth doing."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) third president of the U.S. principal author of the Declaration of Independence

"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes."


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist and poet

"A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright & critic

"The harder I work the more I live."


George Bernard Shaw (18561950) Irish playwright

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one... the being a force of nature...
George Bernard Shaw (18561950) Irish writer

"You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky, that's all."
Marlon Brando (1924-2004) American actor, as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1950)

"Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another."
Anatole France (1844 - 1924) French novelist and man of letters

"The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere."
Anatole France (1844-1924) French novelist and man of letters

"What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are."
F. Scott Fitzgerald (18961940) American novelist

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


Alan Kay (1940 ) Computer scientist

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."


Adlai E. Stevenson (19001965) American politician

Diligence is the mother of good luck.


Benjamin Franklin (17061790) American statesman, scientist, and printer

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."
Tommy Lasorda (1927 - ) former Major League pitcher and manager

"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."


Bill Gates (1955 - ) founder of Microsoft

"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself."


D.H. Lawrence (18851930) English writer

"Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come."
Chinese proverb

"Excellence is the gradual result of always wanting to do better."


Pat Riley (1945 ) NBA coach

"I often say I have the best job in the world, and I mean it."
Bill Gates (1955 - ) founder and chairman of Microsoft

"The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible."


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) American teacher founder of the Christian Science movement

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
Will Rogers (1879-1935) American humorist

"Success requires no explanations. Failure permits no alibis."


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American writer

"The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very very hard."
Helen Gurley Brown (1922- ) American writer & editor of Cosmopolitan magazine

"A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it."


Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman & philosopher

"Always do right. That will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest."
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
Mark Twain (18351910) American write

A good example is the best sermon.


Benjamin Franklin (17061790) American statesman, scientist and writer

That's my intent - to go in there and win. Nothing has ever changed.


Tiger Woods (1975 ) American professional golfer

One knows from daily life that one exists for other people...
Albert Einstein (18791955) Swiss physicist

Life is a challenge, meet it.


Mother Teresa (19101997) Macedonian missionary Nobel Peace Prize winner

Never follow someone else's path... unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.
Ellen DeGeneres (1958 ) American comedian and actor

"If you rest, you rust."


Helen Hayes (1900-1993) American actress

"Always aim for achievement, and forget about success."


Helen Hayes (1900-1993) American actress

"Courage is the enforcing virtue, the one that makes possible all the other virtues common to exceptional leaders: honesty, integrity, confidence, compassion, and humility."
John McCain (1936- ) U.S. Senator, Vietnam veteran

"There ain't no rules around here. We're trying to accomplish something."


Thomas Edison (1847-1931) scientist and inventor frequently worked more than 40 hours straight

"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves... the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.N. diplomat, humanitarian, U.S. First Lady

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."


Milton Berle (1908-2002) American comedian & actor

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


Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, inventor

"Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing -- the result."
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Hall of Fame football coach honored with the designation of the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy

"Stay hungry. Stay foolish."


Steve Jobs (1955 - ) Cofounder and CEO of Apple Inc.

"It is time for us all to cheer for the doer, the achiever -- the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it."
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Hall of Fame football coach

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."


Helen Keller (1880-1968) American humanitarian, writer and advocate for the deaf and blind

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
Helen Keller (18801968) American humanitarian advocate for the deaf and blind

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German physicist, Nobel Prize winner

Leaders do not avoid, repress, or deny conflict, but rather see it as an opportunity.
Warren Bennis (1925 ) American scholar, writer

"What does not destroy me, makes me stronger."


Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900) German philosopher

"This is your wake-up call, pal. Go to work."


Gordon Gekko from the movie "Wall Street" (1987)

The most valuable commodity I know of is information. Wouldn't you agree?


Gordon Gekko, corporate raider from the film "Wall Street" (1987)

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (18191880) English writer

"I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart."


Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch painter

"There was never a person who did anything worth doing that did not receive more than he gave."
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American preacher, orator and lecturer

"Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."
Mary Tyler Moore (1936- ) American actress and producer

"There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower."

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist

"Every man is the architect of his own fortune."


Sallust (86bc-34bc) Roman historian

"Man's mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions."
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American physician and author

"The work never is done while the power to work remains."


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

"Every calling is great when greatly pursued."


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841 - 1935) U.S. Supreme Court Justice

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore."
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch painter

"The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear."
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch painter first career: art salesman

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent van Gogh (18531890) Dutch painter

"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever."


Lance Armstrong (1971 ) Cyclist, seven-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor

"You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."
Ray Bradbury (1920- ) American author

Notoriety and a fat bank balance must come after everything else is finished and done.
Ray Bradbury (1920 ) American writer

"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961) Swedish statesman and humanitarian

"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American writer and activist

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American writer and activist

Add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame...
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803?1882) American writer and activist

"I feel very, very responsible to my work."


Annie Leibovitz (1949 - ) American photographer

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
Paul the Apostle 2 Corinthians 9:6

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Paul the Apostle Galatians 6:9

"Fall seven times. Stand up eight."


Japanese proverb

"Find a need and fill it."

Ruth Stafford Peale (19062008) Publisher and businesswoman

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) third president of the U.S. principal author of the Declaration of Independence

"They can because they think they can."

Virgil (70bc-19bc) Roman poet

"If you want to achieve widespread impact and lasting value, be bold."

Howard Schultz (1954- ) Chairman of Starbucks Coffee

"A wise man turns chance into good fortune."

Thomas Fuller (1654-1734) British physician

"Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed."

Corita Kent (1918-1986) American artist and teacher

"If you work just for the money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours."
Ray Kroc (1902-1984) founder of McDonald's Corporation

Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience.

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American publisher and writer

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."

Margaret Thatcher (1925- ) first woman in European history to be elected prime minister

"Circumstances -- what are circumstances? I make circumstances."


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French general and emperor

Act swiftly and vigorously, without "buts" and "ifs"...


Napoleon Bonaparte (17691821) French general and emperor

"If you're going to help a man, you want to know something about him, don't you?"

Joseph to Clarence, Angel Second Class in "It's a Wonderful Life"

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."

Michael Jordan (1963- ) NBA basketball player, businessman

"I practiced hard enough that the games were often easier."

Michael Jordan (1963 - ) basketball player & business person regarded by many as the greatest basketball player who ever played the game

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
Michael Jordan (1963 ) American businessman and basketball player

99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
George Washington Carver (1864-1943) American agricultural chemist

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.N. diplomat, humanitarian, U.S. First Lady

"It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do for which we are accountable. "
John Baptiste Molire (1622-1673) French playwright and actor

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


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian political and spiritual leader

"The more efficient a force is, the more silent and the more subtle it is."
Mahatma Gandhi (18691948) Indian activist

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British playwright and poet

"I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow and the next day and the next year and the year after that."
George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life"

I've never been afraid to step out and to reach out and to move out in order to make things happen.
Victoria Gray (1926 - ) civil rights activist

"Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle -- when the sun comes up, you had better be running."

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"I'm a believer in momentum."


Lance Armstrong (1971- ) U.S. cyclist, 6-time winner of the Tour de France cancer survivor

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister during WWII

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American writer

"The future is no more uncertain than the present."

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet

"The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first."


Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) American actress and artist

"The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm."
Thomas J. Watson (1875-1956) American industrialist, incorporated IBM

"The outstanding leaders of every age are those who set up their own quotas and constantly exceed them."
Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (1874-1956) chairman of IBM statement made in 1943

"How you spend your time defines who you are."


Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) American TV host and producer, publisher, philanthropist

"An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it."
William Bernbach (1911-1982) pioneer of modern advertising

"Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable."


B.C. Forbes (1880-1954) Scottish journalist & founder of Forbes Magazine

"It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal."
B.C. Forbes (1880-1954) Scottish journalist & founder of Forbes magazine

"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop."
Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher

"It takes five hundred small details to add up to one favorable impression."
Cary Grant (19041986) English actor

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) civil rights leader

"I'm here to build something for the long term. Anything else is a distraction."
Mark Zuckerberg (1984 ) Founder and CEO, Facebook

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
Mario Andretti (1940 ) Race car driver

"What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing, knowing that is not enough; that you have got to have hard work and a sense of purpose."
Margaret Thatcher (1925- ) first woman in European history to be elected prime minister

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

Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) 8th President of the United States

"I don't believe in circumstances. 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 (1856-1950) Irish playwright & critic

"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."


Isaac Newton (1642-1727) English mathematician, astronomer and philosopher

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.
Isaac Newton (16431727) English mathematician and physicist

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright and critic

"It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing."


George Washington (17321799) 1st president of the United States

"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English critic & poet

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959) considered by many to be one of the greatest American architects

"I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard."
Este Lauder (1908-2004) American businesswoman

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."
Eddie Robinson (1919 - ) winningest coach in college football history, with 408 career victories