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Inspirational Book

of Quotations

Compiled by:

Rafael Vidal, Robert Pickering & Kate Kenney


ProNexus, LLC Partner Team

Inspirational Book
of Quotations
Summary
Please enjoy this compilation of our all-time favorite inspirational
quotes by famous authors, inspiring leaders, magnetic speakers and
more. Our hope is through these positive thoughts, great advice and
ideas from experts; you are empowered and inspired about the
future, your vision, your goals and executing on those goals.

Compiled by:

Rafael Vidal, Robert Pickering & Kate Kenney


ProNexus, LLC Partner Team
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Companies dont
provide job security.
Only satisfied customers
do.
Jack Welch

Determination is the
difference between the
attainable and
unattainable.
- Anonymous

Life is not measured by


the breaths we take but
rather by the moments
that take our breath
away.
- Anonymous

"There are two great


days in a person's life the day we are born and
the day we discover
why."
- William Barclay

"Opportunity is missed
by most people because
it comes dressed in
overalls and looks like
work."
- Thomas Edison

"The biggest mistake we


could ever make in our
lives is to think we work
for anybody but
ourselves."
- Brian Tracy

"The more I want to get


something done, the less
I call it work."
- Richard Bach

"Nothing is really work


unless you would rather
be doing something
else."
- J. M. Barrie

"Success is not the key


to happiness. Happiness
is the key to success. If
you love what you are
doing, you will be
successful."
- Albert Schweitzer

10

"Find a job you love,


and you will never work
a day in your life."
- Confucius

11

"Unless you try to do


something beyond what
you have already
mastered, you will never
grow."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

12

"We cannot solve our


problems with the same
level of thinking that
created them."
- Albert Einstein

13

My experience has
shown me that the
people who are
exceptionally good in
business arent so
because of what they
know but because of
their insatiable need to
know more.
- Michael Gerber
14

Id rather have 1% of
the efforts of 100 people
than 100% of my own
efforts.
- J. Paul Getty

15

Guidance with
Wisdom, Delegation
with confidence.
- Michael Goehegan

16

You don't have to be


great to get started, but
you do have to get
started to be great.
Les Brown

17

Life is a fight for


territory. If you stop
fighting for what you
want, what you don't
want will eventually take
over.
- Anonymous

18

Many people never


scrape the surface of
their potential because
they underestimate
themselves and
overestimate their
challenges.
- Anonymous

19

It's important to be
willing to fail your way
to success. By learning
from your failures today,
you will grow and
achieve success that
others won't tomorrow.
- Anonymous

20

We live in a world in
which we're told more
about our limitations
than our potential.
Les Brown

21

In intimidating
situations, focus on the
outcome/victory rather
than the process.
- Anonymous

22

Don't be afraid to ask


for help. Sometimes you
need to believe in
someone else's faith in
you until your own kicks
in.
- Anonymous

23

"The deepest principle


in human nature is the
craving to be
appreciated, the desire
to be important."
- Andrew Carnegie

24

The cost of attracting a


new customer is 5x as
much as keeping an
existing customer
happy
- Philip Cotler,
referenced by Tim
Sanders (Love is the
Killer App)
25

The best way to predict


the future is to create it.
- Peter F. Drucker
(1909 - 2005), AustrianAmerican Economist
and Author

26

Nothing changes until


you change something
- Unknown

27

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
28

The shortest distance


between two people is a
laugh.
- Victor Borge, DanishAmerican Humorist &
Entertainer

29

I felt that I could make


a difference. That's the
best reason to go into
business.
- Sir Richard Branson
(1950 - ), British
Entrepreneur,
Chairman of Virgin
Group
30

The worst thing that


ever happened to you
can become the best
thing that ever
happened.
- Stephen Snyder,
Author & Speaker

31

In business (and life),


there is often ONE
thing that changes
EVERYTHING. Ask
yourself the question,
what is the ONE
thing?
- Dan Kennedy, Author
& Speaker
32

The only thing thats


worse than training your
employees and then
losing them is to NOT
train them and keep
them.
- Zig Ziglar

33

Example is not the


main thing in
influencing others. It is
the only thing.
- Albert Schweitzer
(1875 - 1965), Nobel
Peace Prize winner

34

"A person's name is to


that person the sweetest
and most important
sound in any language."
- Dale Carnegie
(1888-1955)

35

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- )
36

Its hard to beat a


person who never gives
up.
- Babe Ruth
(1895-1948), American
baseball player, Holds
the No. 3 spot for most
home runs of all time
with 714
37

Discipline is the bridge


between goals and
accomplishments.
- Jim Rohn

38

Clear your mind of


can't.
- Samuel Johnson
(1709-1784)

39

Pride moves us into


that dark space of
independence where we
blindly (and foolishly)
believe that we can goit-alone.
- Jeff Krantz

40

To the World, you


might be just One
Person; But to One
Person, you might be
the World.
- Unknown

41

People may fail many


times, but they become
failures only when they
begin to blame someone
else.
- Unknown

42

My mind is my biggest
asset. I expect to win
every tournament I
play.
- Tiger Woods (1975 - ),
American Golf
Champion

43

The person who says it


cannot be done should
not interrupt the person
who is doing it.
- Unknown

44

Every strike brings me


closer to the next home
run.
- Babe Ruth
(1895-1948), American
Baseball Player

45

When you walk your


talk, people listen.
- German proverb

46

"It's not what you are


that holds you back, it's
what you think you're
not."
- Denis Waitley

47

The true measure of an


individual is how he
treats a person who can
do him absolutely no
good.
- Ann Landers

48

One of the best ways to


persuade others is with
your ears--by listening to
them.
- Dean Rusk

49

It is not necessary to do
extraordinary things to
get extraordinary
results.
- Warren Buffett
(1931 - ), American
Stock Market Investor,
CEO Berkshire
Hathaway
50

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
51

There is a time when


we must firmly choose
the course we will
follow, or the relentless
drift of events will make
the decision for us.
- Herbert Prochnow

52

It's easier to go down a


hill than up it but the
view is much better at
the top.
- Arnold Bennett

53

Do not spoil what you


have by desiring what
you have not; remember
that what you now have
was once among the
things only hoped for.
- Epicurus

54

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

55

You may be
disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if
you don't try.
- Beverly Sills
(1929-2007), American
Opera Singer

56

Humility does not


mean you think less of
yourself. It means you
think of yourself less.
- Ken Blanchard

57

You're never a loser


until you quit trying.
- Mike Ditka, Former
Chicago Bears Coach

58

Knowledge is power.
- Sir Francis Bacon

59

Don't find fault, find a


remedy.
- Henry Ford
(1863-1947), Founder of
the Ford Motor
Company

60

Some people want it to


happen; some wish it
would happen; others
make it happen.
- Michael Jordan

61

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.
(1929 - 1968), American
Civil Rights Leader

62

You are the only


problem you will ever
have and you are the
only solution.
- Bob Proctor

63

Keep it simple. The


more you say, the less
people remember.
- Unknown

64

The secret of getting


ahead is getting started.
- Mark Twain

65

A real decision is
measured by the fact
that you've taken a new
action. If there's no
action, you haven't truly
decided.
Tony Robbins

66

If you do what you've


always done, you'll get
what you've always
gotten.
Tony Robbins

67

If you want to be
successful, find
someone who has
achieved the results you
want and copy what they
do and you'll achieve the
same results.
Tony Robbins

68

In life you need either


inspiration or
desperation.
- Tony Robbins

69

It not knowing what to


do, it's doing what you
know.
- Tony Robbins

70

People are not lazy.


They simply have
impotent goals - that is,
goals that do not inspire
them.
- Tony Robbins

71

Setting goals is the first


step in turning the
invisible into the
visible.
- Tony Robbins

72

Stay committed to your


decisions, but stay
flexible in your
approach.
- Tony Robbins

73

Successful people ask


better questions, and as
a result, they get better
answers.
- Tony Robbins

74

There is no such thing


as failure. There are
only results.
- Tony Robbins

75

There's always a way - if


you're committed.
- Tony Robbins

76

To effectively
communicate, we must
realize that we are all
different in the way we
perceive the world and
use this understanding
as a guide to our
communication with
others.
- Tony Robbins
77

If not now, when?


- Hillel
(1st. Century CE),
Jewish Scholar

78

When nothing is sure,


everything is possible.
- Margaret Drabble
(1939 - ),
English Novelist

79

"Life isn't about waiting


for the storm to pass.
It's about learning to
dance in the rain."
- Unknown

80

If life teaches you


nothing else, know this
for sure: when you get
the chance, go for it.
- Oprah Winfrey
(1954 - ), TV Talk Show
Host and Entrepreneur

81

A government big
enough to give you
everything you want, is
big enough to take away
everything you have.
- Thomas Jefferson

82

The gem cannot be


polished without
friction.
- Chinese Proverb

83

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
84

Be kinder than
necessary because
everyone you meet is
fighting some kind of
battle.
- Unknown

85

A fellow doesn't last


long on what he has
done. He has to keep
on delivering.
- Carl Hubbell
(1903-1988)
Hall of Fame Pitcher

86

"Save the cheap


salesman talk, will ya?
It's obvious."
- Gordon Gekko,
Corporate Raider from
the movie "Wall Street"
(1987)

87

Everyone's life is under


someone's control - it
might as well be under
your own so that you
can direct your destiny.
- Harry Tucker, Author
& Speaker

88

The majority of men


meet with failure
because of their lack of
persistence in creating
new plans to take the
place of those, which
fail.
- Napoleon Hill
89

The first rule of holes


is that when you're in
one, stop digging.
- Thomas L. Friedman
(1953 - )
New York Times
Columnist

90

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
(1918-2001)
91

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),
Entrepreneur and
founder of McDonalds
92

Are you bored with


life? Then throw
yourself into some work
you believe in with all
your heart, live for it, die
for it, and you will find
happiness that you had
thought could never be
yours.
- Dale Carnegie
93

Nothing else can quite


substitute for a few wellchosen, well-timed,
sincere words of praise.
They're absolutely free and worth a fortune.
- Sam Walton
(1918-1992)

94

The price of excellence


is discipline. The cost of
mediocrity is
disappointment.
- William Arthur Ward,
Inspirational Author
and Poet

95

Blessed are those that


can give without
remembering and
receive without
forgetting.
- Unknown

96

If your company
mission is to climb a
tree, what would you
rather do: hire a squirrel
or train a horse?
- Mac Anderson

97

"I just like to smile.


Smiling's my favorite."
- Buddy the Elf from the
film, Elf (2003), played
by Will Ferrell

98

Logic opens minds;


Emotion opens wallets.
- Unknown

99

"A true friend knows


your weaknesses but
shows you your
strengths; feels your
fears but fortifies your
faith; sees your anxieties
but frees your spirit;
recognizes your
disabilities but
emphasizes your
possibilities."
- William Arthur Ward
100

A coach is someone
who tells you what you
dont want to hear so
you can see what you
dont want to see so you
can be what you always
wanted to be.
- Tom Landry, Head
Coach - Dallas Cowboys

101

There is no substitute
for hard work. Genius is
1% inspiration and 99%
perspiration."
- Thomas Edison (18471931), American
Inventor and Salesman,
frequently worked more
than 40 hours straight
102

"Worry about being


better; bigger will take
care of itself."
- Gary Comer
(1929-2006)
American entrepreneur,
founder of Lands' End

103

"The right word may be


effective, but no word
was ever as effective as a
rightly timed pause."
- Mark Twain
(1835-1910), American
Humorist and Writer

104

"Well done is better


than well said."
- Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790), American
Statesman, Scientist and
Author

105

"The guy who created


the wheel was an idiot;
the guy that created the
other three was a
genius."
- Sid Ceasar

106

"Being defeated is only a


temporary condition;
giving up is what makes
it permanent."
- Marilyn vos Savant

107

Smiles are like


boomerangs; just send
one out and watch how
it comes right back to
you.
- JDK

108

There's always stuff to


work on. You're never
there.
- Tiger Woods (1975 - ),
American Professional
Golfer, World's No. 1
Player

109

"Many people like to


think that they'll find
balance AFTER they
find success. But in
reality, achieving
balance IS success."
- Brian Koslow

110

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 (18801968), American
Humanitarian, Advocate
for the Deaf and Blind
111

"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
112

"When you lose, don't


lose the lesson.
- Dalai Lama

113

"Judge your success by


what you had to give up
to get it.
- Dalai Lama

114

A positive attitude may


not solve all your
problems, but it will
annoy enough people to
make it worthwhile."
- Herm Albright, Writer

115

"The happiest people


don't necessarily have
the best of everything;
they simply make the
best of what they have."
- Unknown

116

"Everything that irritates


us about others can lead
us to an understanding
of ourselves."
- Carl Jung (1875-1961),
Swiss Psychiatrist

117

"Productivity is never an
accident. It is always the
result of a commitment
to excellence, intelligent
planning, and focused
effort.
- Paul J. Meyer

118

"Don't cry because it's


over. Smile because it
happened."
- Dr. Seuss

119

Its a funny thing about


life; if you refuse to
accept anything but the
best, you very often get
it.
- W. Somerset
Maugham (1874-1965),
English Writer

120

"Practice random acts of


kindness. People might
forget what you said;
they might forget what
you did; but they will
never forget how you
made them feel."
- Jack & Merry Wicke

121

"If you kicked the one


who causes you most of
your troubles, you
would not be able to sit
down for six weeks."
- Zig Ziglar

122

"The way to get started is


to stop talking and start
doing."
- Walt Disney
(1901-1966), American
Entrepreneur &
Entertainment Icon

123

"Let no one ever come


to you without leaving
better and happier."
- Mother Teresa

124

"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
(1918-1992), American
Retailer, Founder of
Walmart
125

You cannot change


anything in your life with
intention alone, which
can become a watereddown, occasional hope
that you'll get to
tomorrow. Intention
without action is
useless.
- Caroline Myss
126

"The true measure of a


person is how they treat
someone
who can do
them absolutely no
good.
- Unknown

127

"Most people aim to do


right; they just fail to pull
the trigger."
- Zig Ziglar

128

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

129

"Regret for the things we


did can be tempered by
time; it is regret for
things we did not do that
is inconsolable."
- Sidney J. Harris

130

"If you're going to be


thinking, you may as
well think big"
- Donald Trump

131

It takes 20 years to
build a reputation and
five minutes to ruin it. If
you think about that,
youll do things
differently.
- Warren Buffett
(1930 - ), American
Businessman and
Philanthropist
132

Ability is what you're


capable of doing.
Motivation determines
what you do. Attitude
determines how well
you do it.
- Lou Holtz

133

The largest room in all


the world is the room
for improvement.
- Unknown

134

The future belongs to


the risk takers, not the
security seekers. The
more you seek security,
the less of it you will
have and the more you
pursue opportunity, the
more security you will
achieve.
- Brian Tracy
135

"Happiness cannot be
traveled to, owned,
earned, worn or
consumed. Happiness
is the spiritual
experience of living
every minute with love,
grace, and gratitude." Denis Waitley
136

"He who knows most,


knows how little he
knows."
- Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), 3rd
President of the United
States

137

Worry often gives a


small thing a big
shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

138

Our ultimate freedom


is the right and power to
decide how anybody or
anything outside
ourselves will affect us.
- Stephen R. Covey

139

"You can never cross the


ocean unless you have
the courage to lose sight
of the shore."
- Christopher Columbus

140

"Life is no brief candle


to me. It is a sort of
splendid torch, which I
have got a hold of for
the moment; and I want
to make it burn as
brightly as possible
before handing it on to
future generations."
- George Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950), Irish
Writer
141

"Keep your head and


your heart in the right
direction and you'll
never have to worry
about your feet."
- Will Rogers

142

We can complain
because rosebushes
have thorns or rejoice
because thorn bushes
have roses.
- Abraham Lincoln

143

The hardest arithmetic


to master is that which
enables us to count our
blessings.
- Eric Hoffer

144

The best way to raise


positive children in a
negative world is to have
positive parents who
love them
unconditionally and
serve as excellent role
models.
- Zig Ziglar
145

Today is a gift; thats


why we call it the
Present.
- Unknown

146

Never mistake
knowledge for wisdom.
One helps you make a
living, the other helps
you make a life.
- Sandra Carey

147

"The most important


think in life is to stop
saying "I wish" and start
saying "I will." Consider
nothing impossible, then
treat possibilities as
probabilities."
- David Copperfield
148

"The dictionary is the


only place where success
comes before
work. Hard work is the
price we must pay for
success. You can
accomplish anything if
you're willing to pay the
price."
- Vince Lombardi
149

"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
(1901-1978), American
Cultural Anthropologist
150

Always give without


remembering; always
receive without
forgetting.
- William Barclay

151

The future belongs to


those who prepare for it
today.
- Malcolm X

152

Be who you are and


say what you feel
because those who mind
dont matter and those
who matter dont mind.
- Dr. Seuss

153

I am easily satisfied
with the very best.
- Winston Churchill

154

Everything works out in


the end. If it hasnt
worked out, its not the
end.
- Unknown

155

The most important


words we'll utter are
those words we say to
ourselves, about
ourselves, when we're by
ourselves.
-Al Walker

156

Gratitude can
transform common days
into thanksgivings, turn
routine jobs into joy,
and change ordinary
opportunities into
blessings.
- William Arthur Ward
157

If America is in the
pursuit of happiness, the
best way to pursue
happiness is to help
other people.
- George Lucas (1944- )
American Film
Director, Producer and
Screenwriter
158

We must accept finite


disappointment, but we
must never lose infinite
hope.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968) American
Civil Rights Leader,
Nobel Peace Prize
Winner

159

If we did all the things


we are capable of doing,
we would literally
astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison
(1847-1931)

160

A leader is best when


people barely know he
exists, when his work is
done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it
ourselves.
Lao Tzu

161