Saturday, June 7, 2008

Motivational Quotations

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.
ان افضل الاصدقاء هو من تستطيع ان تجلس معه و لا تتفوه بكلمة واحدة لكن عندما تبتعد تدرك بانها افضل محادثة قد قمت بها على الاطلاق

It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.
انه صحيح اننا لا ندرك ما لدينا الا بعد ان نخسره و لكنه صحيح ايضا اننا لا نعرف كم اشتقنا له الا بعد ان يعود الين
ا

It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone-but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
لتعجب بشخص ما تحتاج الى دقيقة فقط و تحتاج لساعة لتحب شخص ما و تحتاج ليوم لتغرم بشخص ما لكنك تحتاج الى العمر كامله لتنسى شخص ما

Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
لا تعجب بالمظاهر فهي خادعة و لا تعجب بالثروة فهي تتلاشى لكن اعجب بالشخص الذي يجعلك تضحك لان كل ما تحتاجه هو ضحكة من اجل ان يشرق يومك الحزين

Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
احلم بما تريد ان تحلم و اذهب حيثما ئت ان تذهب لانك تملك حياة واحدة فقط و فرصة واحدة لتفعل كل ما تريد ان تفعله

Always put yourself in the other's shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the person too.
دائما ضع نفسك في مكان الاخرين و اذا شعرت بان الامر يجرحك فانه حتما سيجرح الشخص الاخر ايضا

A careless word may kindle strife; a cruel word may wreck a life; a timely word may level stress; a loving word may heal and bless.
ان كلمة مهملة قد تشعل تجرح و كلمة قاسية قد تكسر حياة لكن كلمة في وقتها قد تخفف الضغط و كلمة محبة تشفي و تبارك

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
ان اسعد الاشخاص ليس بالضرورة ان يمتلك كل شيئ لكنه يستفيد من اي شيئ قد ياتي في طريقه

It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.
من المؤلم ان تحب شخص و لا يبادلك الحب بالمقابل لكن ما يؤلم اكثر ان تحب شخص ما و لا تجد الشجاعة لتقول له بما تشعر

A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.
شيئ محزن عندما تقابل شخص يعني الكثير لك لكنك تعرف بانه ليس مكتوب لك و تدعه ببساطة يرحل

Never expect things to happen, struggle and make them happen. Never expect yourself to be given a good value, create a value of your own.

If a drop of water falls in lake there is no identity. But if it falls on a leaf of lotus it shines like a pearl. So choose the best place where you would shine.

Falling down is not defeat, real defeat is when you are refusing to get up.

Ship is always safe at shore, but it is not built for it.

When you are successful your well-wishers know who you are, but when you are unsuccessful you know who your well-wishers are.

Never take some one for granted, hold every person close to your Heart because you might wake up one day and realize that you have lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones.

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions!

Knowledge is like a fruit. When a fruit grows on a branch of a tree, its weight causes that branch to bend and bow. Similarly, when knowledge increases in a person, it causes him to become humble and not (proud and boastful).

Under the shade there is always darkness.

The absent always loser.

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.

Albert Einstein

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau

Inspiration and genius--one and the same.
Victor Hugo

To find what you seek in the road of life,
the best proverb of all is that which says:
"Leave no stone unturned."
Edward Bulwer Lytton

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?
George Eliot

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

If you would create something,
you must be something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men do less than they ought,
unless they do all they can.
Thomas Carlyle

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.

Leon J. Suenes

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

John Muir

First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus

Love

A man overtime falls in love with woman he is attracted to ,and
a woman overtime become more attracted to the man she loves.
ผู้ชายมักจะตกหลุมรักคนที่เค้าหลงเสน่ห์ และผู้หญิงจะหลงเสน่ห์คนที่เธอตกหลุมรัก

Friendship is love minus sex and plus reason LOVE is friendship
but love is friendship plus sex and minus reason.
มิตรภาพคือ ความรักลบด้วยเซ็กซ์ และบวกเอาเหตุผลเพิ่มเข้าไป
ส่วนรักคือ มิตรภาพบวกด้วยเซ็กซ์ และลบเอาเหตุผลออก

To love is nothing. To be loved is something.
To love and be loved is everything!!!!
การได้รักเป็นเรื่องขี้ผง การถูกรักเป็น "บางอย่าง" ทีเดียว
ส่วนการได้รักและการถูกรักเป็นทุกอย่าง (ว้าว)

You may only be one person to the world but you may also
be the world to one person
คุณอาจจะเป็นแค่ "คนๆ หนึ่ง" ในโลกใบนี้ แต่คุณอาจจะเป็น
"
โลกทั้งใบ" ของคนคนหนึ่งก็ได้

You know when you love someone when you want them to be happy even if
their happiness means that you're not of it.
คุณรู้ว่า คุณรักเค้าก็ต่อเมื่อคุณต้องการให้เค้ามีความสุข
แม้ว่าความสุขนั้นจะหมายถึง การที่คุณไม่ได้เป็นส่วนหนึ่งของมัน


Love looks not with eyes, but with the mind.
ความรักนั้น เห็นไม่ได้ด้วยตา แต่ด้วยใจ

Love is like standing in the wet cement. The longer you stay, the harder it is to leave. And you can never go without leaving your shoes behind.
ความรักก็เหมือนซีเมนต์เปียกๆ ยิ่งคุณอยู่นานเท่าไหร่ก็ยิ่งติดหนึบ
จากไปไม่ได้เท่านั้น และคุณจะไม่มีวันจากมาได้เลย
โดยที่ไม่ได้ทิ้งรองเท้าไว้ข้างหลัง

Don't marry a person you can live with,
marry somebody you can't live without.
จงอย่าแต่งงานกับคนที่คุณ "อยู่ด้วยได้"
จงแต่งงานกับคนที่คุณ "ขาดไม่ได้"

If you love someone tell them don't wait or also you will lose the chance.
ถ้าคุณรักใคร บอกเค้าซะ อย่ารีรออยู่เลย ไม่งั้นคุณจะเสียโอกาสนะ..

It only takes a second to say " I love you" but it will take a
lifetime to show you how much.
ใช้เวลาแค่เพียงชั่ววินาทีในการบอกว่า" ฉันรักเธอ"
แต่ใช้เวลาตลอดชีวิตในการแสดงให้เห็นว่า รักมากเพียงไร?

The essential sadness is to go through life without loving. But it
would be almost equally sad to leave this world without ever
telling those you loved that you love them.
ความเศร้าที่สำคัญคือการใช้ชีวิตโดยปราศจากความรัก แต่มันคงจะเศร้าพอๆกัน
ที่จะจากโลกนี้ไปโดยไม่ได้บอกคนที่คุณรักว่า "คุณรักพวกเค้า"

A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.
ผู้ชายตกหลุมรักทางตา แต่ผู้หญิงน่ะ ตกหลุมรักทางหู

To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk
pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken,because
the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
การที่ได้รัก คือการเสี่ยงว่าจะไม่ได้รับความรักเป็นการตอบแทน
การตั้งความหวัง คือการเสี่ยงกับความเจ็บปวด
การพยายามคือการเสี่ยงกับความล้มเหลว
แต่ยังไงก็ต้องเสี่ยง เพราะสิ่งที่อันตราาย
ที่สุดในชีวิตก็คือ การไม่เสี่ยงอะไรเลย

When loving someone.. never regret what you
do..only regret what you didn't do.
เวลารักใคร..อย่าเสียใจในสิ่งที่คุณได้กระทำ
จงเสียใจในสิ่งที่คุณไม่ได้กระทำ

Communication

Be silent, or say something better than silence.
Pythagoras

Proper words in proper places make the true definition of a style.
Jonathan Swift

It is as easy to draw back a stone, thrown with force from the hand, as to recall a word once spoken.
Menander

Much tongue and much judgment seldom go together.
Roger L'Estrange

If the truth were self evident, eloquence would be unnecessary.
Cicero

We never listen when we are eager to speak.
François de La Rochefoucauld

He that converses not, knows nothing.
English Proverb

It is good to rub and polish our brain
against that of others.
Montaigne

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts, never to heaven go.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 3

Kind words are the music of the world.
F. W. Faber

People who have nothing to say are never at a loss in talking.
Josh Bilings

The great thing is to know when to speak and when to keep quiet.
Seneca the Younger

Many can argue - not many converse.
A. Bronson Alcott

The less people speak of their greatness,
the more we think of it.
Sir Francis Bacon

Language is the close-fitting dress of Thought.
R. C. Trench

Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.
John Milton

The first ingredient in conversation is truth:
the next good sense; the third, good humor;
and the fourth wit.
Sir William Temple

True eloquence, indeed, does not consist in speech. It cannot be brought from far. Labor and learning may toil for it, but they will toil in vain. Words and phrases may be marshalled in every way, but they cannot compass it. It must exist in the man, in the subject, and in the occasion.
Daniel Webster

Experience

Experience is a grindstone; and it is lucky for us, if we can get brightened by it, and not ground.
Josh Billings

Experience is by industry achieved, And perfected by the swift course of time.
William Shakespeare

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that; for it is true we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.
Benjamin Franklin

It is good to learn what to avoid by studying the misfortunes of others.
Publius Syrius

The experience of others adds to our knowledge, but not to our wisdom; that is dearer bought.
Hosea Ballou

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already, thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, until they take firm root in our personal experience.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He knows the water best who has waded through it.
Danish Proverb

If you would know the road ahead, ask someone who has traveled it.
Chinese Proverb

Experience is by industry achieved
And perfected by the swift course of time.
William Shakespeare

The years teach much which the days never know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who come last enter with advantage.— They are born to the wealth of antiquity.— The materials for judging are prepared, and the foundations of knowledge are laid to their hands.—Besides, if the point was tried by antiquity, antiquity would lose it, for the present age is really the oldest, and has the largest experience to plead.
Collier

All experience is an arch to build upon.
Henry Brook Adams

Experience is a jewel, and it had need be so, for it is often purchased at an infinite rate.
William Shakespeare

Pick up a grain a day and add to your heap. You will soon learn, by happy experience, the power of littles as applied to intellectual processes and gains.
John S. Hart

That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience, is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveler exceeds that which is got by reading.
Thomas à Kempis

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
Oliver Wendall Holmes

Experience is not what happens to a man: it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley

Experience is the universal mother of sciences.
Miguel de Cervantes

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. We cannot learn men from books.
Benjamin Disraeli

Experience does not err; only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.
Lenoardo da Vinci

Friend, Education and Happiness

A friend is a second self.

A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.

To perceive is to suffer.

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

Success

We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired to glory.
Cicero

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
Euripides

They can because they think they can.
Virgil

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Thomas Jefferson

Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.
Theodore T. Hunger

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Robert Collier

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Frank Loyd Wright

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
Elbert Hubbard

There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Christopher Morley

Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.
Dennis Waitley

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
Vince Lombardi

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure--which is:
Try to please everybody.
Herbert Bayard Swope

Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time.
Josh Billings

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Earl of Beaconsfield

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.
Evan Esar

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
Jospeph Addison

Impatience never commanded success.
Edwin H. Chapin

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well.
Henry W. Longfellow

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
Shakespeare

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
Albert Einstein

The man who makes a success of an important venture never wails for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a great lot of grit; but the man that succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the man who has enough confidence in himself to take a chance. These chances are the main things after all. The man who tries to succeed must expect to be criticized. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which most people think can't be done.
C. V. White

And one quote just for fun.....

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it.
W.C. Fields

Proverbs About Life

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

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Jawaharal Nehru

The geat blessing of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.
Seneca
(7 B.C. - 65 A.A.)

Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other.
Thomas Fuller

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unrest of spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest pleasure.
Kal Menninger

Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.
Hypocrites

After the game,
the king and the pawn go into the same box.
Italian Proverb

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
La Bruyere

Life is like a library owned by the author.
In it are a few books which he wrote himself,
but most of them were written for him.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

We make our fortunes, and we call them fate.
Earl of Beaconsfield

The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.
Elbert Hubbard

Life's a voyage that's homeward bound.
Herman Melville

The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.
Plutarch

Life is a rich strain of music, suggesting a realm too fair to be.
George William Curtis

The boundaries which divide life from death
are at best shadowy and vague.
Who shall say where one ends,
and the other begins?
Edgar Alan Poe

One way to get the most out of life is
to look upon it as an adventure.
William Feather

There are no classes in life for beginners: right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
Rainer Maria Rilke

To live is like to love--all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
Samuel Butler

Life is a pure flame,
and we live by an invisible sun within us.
Sir Thomas Brown

As I grow to understand life less and less,
I learn to love it more and more.
Jules Renard

Imagination

The imagination exercises a powerful influence over every act of sense, thought, reason,
-- over every idea.
Latin Proverb

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russel Lowell

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

He who has imagination without learning, has wings and no feet.
Joseph Joubert

Hope is the dream of a man awake.
French Proverb

A strong imagination begetteth opportunity.
Michel de Montaigne

Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.
Albert Einstein

Where beams of imagination play,
The memory's soft figures melt away.
Alexander Pope

Believe that you have it, and you have it.
Latin Proverb

Imagine every day to be the last of a life surrounded with hopes, cares, anger, and fear. The hours that come unexpectedly will be so much more the grateful.
Horace

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will...
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Everything you can imagine is real....
Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen...
Sean O'Faolain (1900 - 1991)


Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art...
Tom Stoppard (1937 - ), "Artist Descending a Staircase"

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking....
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
...Charles W. Eliot (1834 - 1926), The Happy Life, 1896

There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.
..Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
...G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it.
..Al Batt, in National Enquirer

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
..Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
..Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
..Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
..Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.
...Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677)

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
..Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
..C. P. Snow (1905 - 1980)

This is the best kind of voyeurism, hearing joy from your neighbors.
..Chuck Sigars, The World According to Chuck weblog, October 14, 2003

Sometimes it's hard to avoid the happiness of others.
..David Assael, Northern Exposure, Our Tribe, 1992

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
...Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
...Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Journal, January 21, 1838

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.....
James Oppenheim

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.
...Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
.....Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719), The Spectator, March 17, 1911

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
George S. Patton

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
St. Clement of Alexandra

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
Thornton Wilder

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,
is not an act but a habit.
Aristotle

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
Voltaire

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
Benjamin Disraeli

You cannot plough a field by
turning it over in your mind.
Author Unknown

The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson

Fortune favors the brave.
Publius Terence

He who hesitates is lost.
Proverb

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are still masters of our fate.
We are still captains of our souls.
Winston Churchill

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For hope is but the dream
of those that wake.
Matthew Prior

Constant dripping hollows out a stone.
Lucretius

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose--
a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Mary Shelley

LEADERSHIP

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

Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There go the people.
I must follow them for I am their leader.
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

The history of the world is but the
biography of great men.
Thomas Carlyle

The real leader has no need to lead--
he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller

Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.
Lao Tzu

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

He who has never learned to obey
cannot be a good commander.
Aristotle

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
(unknown)

Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Publilius Syrus

A leader is a deal in hope.
Napoleon Bonaparte

It is easy to sit at the helm in fine weather.
Danish Proverb

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George Patton
(from Big Dog's Quotes)

Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18

Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.
Horace

In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.
Henry W. Longfellow

I light my candle from their torches.
Robert Burton

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
Woodrow Wilson

The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
Publius Syrus

A bold onset is half the battle.
Giuseppe Garibaldi

To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose's egg.
James Thomas

Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
Edmund Spenser

He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
Solon

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
Napoleon Bonaparte

It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.
Seneca

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln

What you cannot enforce /
Do not command.
Sophocles

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
Friedrich Nietzsche


It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.)
Latin Proverb

Let he him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself.
Thomas Carlyle

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Polybius

Follow Your Dreams

I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
W.B. Yeats

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.
T.E. Lawrence

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Henry David Thoreau

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough not to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
William Faulkner

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Patrick Henry

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

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Lanston Hughes

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.
Henry D. Thoreau

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

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Henry David Thoreau

The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success.
Hamilton Wright Mabie

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery

A skillful man reads his dreams for self-knowledge, yet not the details but the quality.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our waking hours form the text of our lives, our dreams, the commentary.
Anonymous

Hope is the dream of the waking man.
French Proverb

To unpathed waters, undreamed shores.
William Shakepeare

Character Building

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Henry David Thoreau

Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word.
Lord Chesterfield

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
Thomas Paine

Nothing of character is really permanent but virtue and personal worth.
Daniel Webster

The essential thing is not knowledge, but character.
Joseph Le Conte

It requires less character to discover the faults of others, than to tolerate them.
J. Petit Senn

A good name will shine forever.
Proverb

A fair reputation is a plant, delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. It will not shoot up in a night like the gourd of the prophet; but, like that gourd, it may perish in a night.
Jeremy Taylor

Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
George Dana Boardman

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life.
John C. Geikie

Reputation is for time; character is for eternity.
J. B. Gough

Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.
Cyrus A. Bartol

Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on their guard. It is in the simplest habits, that we often see the boundless egotism which pays no regard to the feelings of others and denies nothing to itself.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times.
Voltaire

Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.
Walt Whitman

Character is, for the most part,
simply habit become fixed.
C. H. Parkhurst

Let us not say, Every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, Every man is the architect of his own character.
George Dana Boardman

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius

Goals and Goal Setting

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.
Henry Ward Beecher

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business--or almost anywhere else for that matter.
Lee Iacocca

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

In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
Victor Cousins

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi

Failures do what is tension relieving,
while winners do what is goal achieving.
Dennis Waitley
(as quoted in Brian Tracy's book, Eat That Frog)

A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his life.
Samuel Butler

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

The great and glorious masterpiece of
man is to know how to live to purpose.
Michel de Montaigne

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning

The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.
Kahil Gibran

Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
Aldous Huxley

If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.
Yogi Berra

We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
Viktor Frankl

There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Henry Ford

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
Seneca

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.
Author Unknown

Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
David Ogilvy

There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith

Words of Wisdom /
Thoughts to Live By

Nature and wisdom never are at strife.
Plutarch

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
William James

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.
Solomon Ibn Gabriol

Years teach us more than books.
Berthold Auerbach

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs,
which are brief and pithy.
William Penn

The middle course is the best.
Cleobulus

The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.
Thomas Huxley

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others,
a fool by his own.
Latin Proverb

Silence does not always mark wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

No man was ever wise by chance.
Seneca

Not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle, but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom.
John Milton

The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom,
in the heart.
William Hazlitt

Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best.
John Tillotson

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Catherine the Great

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.
Alexander Chase

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
Homer

On every thorn, delightful wisdom grows,
In every rill a sweet instruction flows.
Edward Young

The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.
Confucius

Happiness

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 that has been opened for us.
Helen Keller

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.
Aristotle

Happiness resides not in posessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.
Democritus

In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
Aldous Huxley

There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
David Burns, Intimate Connections

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitessimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Men spend their lives in anticipations,—in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
Charles Caleb Colton

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realising that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.
from How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
Alice Meynell

Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.
Epictetus

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
Benjamin Franklin

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying things which are beyond the power of our will.
Epictetus

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than attempting to satisfy them.
John Stuart Mills

You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
William Ellery Channing

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mahatma Ghandi

The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.
Henry W. Longfellow

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
Douglas Jerrold

Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
J. Petit Senn

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Aristotle

Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,—as though that time should be of another make from this which has already come and is ours.
Thomas Fuller

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayana

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Publilius Syrus

Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one destination; --happiness; but few are going by the same road.
Charles Caleb Colton

A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness. - Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. - Washington Irving

A man's life is what his thoughts make of it. - Marcus Aurelius

A merry heart doeth good like medicine. - Proverbs 17:22

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance. - Anatole France

A pessimist sees the difficulty in opportunity, and an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted. - George Santayana

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. - Benjamin Disraeli

Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over compensations made for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand. - Aldous Huxley

Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor. - Paul Hawken

Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you happy. - Anonymous

An optimist thinks this is the best of all worlds. A pessimist fears the same may be true. - Doug Larson

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. - John Stuart Mill

Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead. - Scottish Proverb

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. - Colette

Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying. - Aldous Huxley

Beauty is the promise of happiness. - Henri B. Stendhal

But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes. - William Shakespeare

But that's the price we have to pay for stability. You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We've sacrificed the high art. - Aldous Huxley

By heaven we understand a state of happiness infinite in degree, and endless in duration. - Benjamin Franklin

Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness. - John Howe

Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large. - Mahatma Gandhi

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. - Aristotle

Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. - Harold Whitman

Don't miss a rainbow because you're looking down; look up and see it.

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. - Jacques Prévert

For every minute you are angry you loose sixty seconds of happiness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. - Cicero

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities. - Frank Lloyd Wright

G-d gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed. - West African Proverb

Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society. - William Makepeace Thackeray

Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth. . . Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it. - John Templeton

Happiness depends upon ourselves. - Aristotle

Happiness depends, as nature shows, Less on exterior things than most suppose. - William Cowper

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. - Anon.

Happiness is a hard master ... particularly other people's happiness. A much harder master, if one isn't conditioned to accept it unquestionably, than truth. - Aldous Huxley

Happiness is a path, not a destination. - Anonymous

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. - Robertson Davies

Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions. - Aristotle

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. - Thomas Szasz

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

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, one directionally, without regret or reservation. - William H. Sheldon

Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring. - Chinese Proverb

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. - Burton Hills

Happiness is not a goal. it is a by-product. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind. - Alice Meynell

Happiness is not a reward-it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment-it is a result. - Robert Green Ingersoll

Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere. - Chamfort

Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have. - Anonymous

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye. - Austin O'Malley

Happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it. - Aristotle

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment. - George Santayana

Happiness isn't getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got. - Garth Brooks

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. - Oscar Levant

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. - Robert Frost

Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route. - Charles Caleb Colton

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. - Johann von Goethe

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success. - Anne Sophie Swetchine

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure. - Dean William R. Inge

I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness. - Aldous Huxley

I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull. - William Congreve

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. - Henry Miller

I would not give one moment of heaven for all the joy and riches of the world, even if it lasted for thousands and thousands of years. - Martin Luther

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give. - Bertrand Russell

If you want happiness for an hour take a nap. If you want happiness for a day go fishing. If you want happiness for a year inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime help someone else. - Chinese Proverb

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. - St. Augustine

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good. - Thomas Paine

It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while. - Don Marquis

It is important to possess short term pessimism, and long term optimism.

It is necessary to hope ... for hope itself is happiness. - Samuel Johnson

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, that gives happiness. - Thomas Jefferson

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. - Agnes Replier

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. - Kin Hubbard

I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. - Martha Washington

Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with man's outward circumstance...A man living in the lap of luxury can be wretched, and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy. - William Barclay

Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. - George Bernard Shaw

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. - Mark Twain

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. - Robert Heinlein

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. - Bertrand Russell

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy. - Robert Anthony

Never let someone take away your smile. - Anonymous

Never mind your happiness; do your duty. - William J. Durant

No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy. - Thomas Fuller

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right. - Helen Keller

No pleasure is a bad thing in itself: but the means which produce some pleasures bring with them disturbances many times greater than the pleasures. - Epicurus

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. - Cynthia Nelms

Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is more fatal to happiness than the remembrance of happiness. - Andre Gide

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. - Bertrand Russell

Of mortals there is no one who is happy. If wealth flows in upon one, one may be perhaps Luckier than one's neighbor, but still not happy. - Euripides

One Happiness scatters a thousand sorrows. - Chinese Proverb

One must never look for happiness: one meets it by the way. - Isabelle Eberhardt

One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market place. - Anonymous

Only when a man's life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy. - Aeschylus

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. - H. Jackson Browne

Perfect happiness is the absence of happiness. - Chuang Tzu

Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination. - Roy M. Goodman

Rob the average man of his life illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke. - Henrik Ibsen

Seven days without laughter makes one weak. - Mort Walker

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Smile, it's a tranquilizer with no side effects. - Anonymous

Smiles are free; don't save them. - Anonymous

So many of us had parts of our childhood that were painful and unpleasant. In order to escape, we often lived in our imaginations and dreamed of days in the future when life would be different, when it would finally be the way that we wanted it to be. This was the only way we thought we could have any control of our lives...when we grew up...when we could be in charge. As long as we continue to think we will be happy in the future, we will never be happy in the moment, and that is the same as saying that we will never be happy. If we think that our lives will be better when we get that better job or retire, stay or go, gain or lose weight, or when our children grow and leave or come back, we are putting off the happiness that there is in today. - Anonymous

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. - H. Jackson Brown

Suppression of desire leads to extinction of suffering. – Anonymous

Take the time to laugh, for it's the music of the soul. - Anonymous

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. - Orison Sweet Marden

The “18/40/60” rule to happiness: At age 18, people care very much about what others think of them. By age 40, they learn not to worry what others think. By age 60, they figure out that no one was thinking about them in the first place. – Daniel Amen, psychiatrist

The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number. - Francis Hutcheson

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. - Anonymous

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. - Mark Twain

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin

The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency. - Quentin Crisp

The discontented man finds no easy chair. - Benjamin Franklin

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet. - James Oppenheim

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. - Allan K. Chalmers

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

The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into actions. - Madame de Stael

The happiest life, seen in perspective, can hardly be better than a stringing together of odd little moments. - Norman Douglas

The happiest people don't always get the best of everything; they just make the best of everything. - Anonymous

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. - Marcus Aurelius

The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself. - Publilius Syrus

The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle. - Albert Einstein

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness. - Virginia Woolf

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping . - Claudius Claudianus

The road to freedom is full of thorns and fire, yet happy is he who follows it. - Aminu Kano

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. - Eric Hoffer

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. - Lin Yutang

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings. - Dave Weinbaum

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice. - George Eliot

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

The trick is not how much pain you feel-but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses. - Erica Jong

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. - William Morris

The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it, you have to catch up with it yourself. - Ben Franklin

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

There are only two things to aim at in life: First, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. - Logan Pearsall

There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one-keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy. - Mark Twain

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. - Marguerite Gardiner Blessington

There is no such thing as happiness, only lesser shades of melancholy. - Anonymous

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. - George Sand

They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods. - Edith Wharton

Those who wish to sing always find a song. - Swedish proverb

To fill the hour-that is happiness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To forgive is the highest, Most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. - Robert Muller

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.

To live happily is an inward power of the soul. - Marcus Aurelius

To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy. - Henri Frederic Amiel

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. - Anonymous

True happiness consists in making happy. - Hindu Proverb

True happiness is of a retired nature, an enemy to pomp and noise. - Joseph Addison

We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself. - Samuel Johnson

We do good because it frees the heart. It open us to a wellspring of happiness. - Sharon Salzberg

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. - George Bernard Shaw

We may remark in passing that to be blind and beloved may, in this world where nothing is perfect, be among the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness. The supreme happiness in life is the assurance of being loved; of being loved for oneself, even in spite of oneself; and this assurance the blind man possesses. In his affliction, to be served is to be caressed. Does he lack anything? No. Possessing love he is not deprived of light. A love, moreover, that is wholly pure. There can be no blindness where there is this certainty. - Victor Hugo

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh. - Friedrich Nietzsche

What disturbs people's minds are not events but their judgments on events. -Epictetus

What is a long life without joy, compared with a short but joyful one? - Hsiang Hsiu

What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. - Sigmund Freud

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what kind of person you are. - C.S. Lewis

When ambition ends, happiness begins. - Hungarian Proverb

When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy; today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad. - E. B. White

When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy; today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad. - EB White

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

When tears are on the outside, healing is on the inside. - Anonymous

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter. - Albert Camus

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius

Who ever does not respect confidence will never find happiness in their path. - Anonymous

Why does this applied science, which saves work and makes life easier, bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it. - Albert Einstein

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation. Foolish preparation? - Jane Austen

Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is but a vision. Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day. - Sanskrit Proverb

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them. - Albert Camus

You do not sing because you are happy, you are happy because you are singing. - Anonymous

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all. - Horace

You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart. Then people are going to treat you better. You're going to find, yes you will, that you're as beautiful as you feel. - Carole King

Personal Growth and Self Development

The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. –

Socrates

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
Robert Cushing

The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.
Cicero

The only journey is the journey within.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
Menander

Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.
Juvenal

Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
Abd-el-Kadar

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
Lord Chesterfield

If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?
Lord Chesterfield

Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.
William Thackeray

He that will not reflect is a ruined man.
Asian Proverb

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
Doug Firebaugh

God ever works with those who work with will.
Aeschylus

Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
Sophocles

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Aristotle

Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.
Edward Bulwer Lytton

In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.
Philip Gilbert Hamilton

What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.
Hecato, Greek philosopher

Everybody wants to be somebody;
nobody wants to grow.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
Herbert Otto

Heed the still small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly.
Marquise du Deffand

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin

If we all did the things we are capable of,
we would astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.
La Rochefoucauld

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
Miguel de Cervantes

The best rules to form a young man are: to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.
Sir William Temple

Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.
Samuel Johnson

Dealing with People

You must look into other people as well as at them.

Lord Chesterfield

A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Basil

A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
Lord Chesterfield

To rejoice in another's prosperity, is to give content to your own lot: to mitigate another's grief, is to alleviate or dispel your own.
Thomas Edwards

Hear the meaning within the word.
William Shakespeare

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
Denis Diderot

Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
Doris M. Smith

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few;
and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.
George Washington

Look to be treated by others
as you have treated others.
Publius Syrus

Success in life, in anything,
depends upon the number of persons
that one can make himself agreeable to.
Thomas Carlyle

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.
Jean Paul Richter

Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half of the evil they say of others.
J. Petit Senn

The more you say, the less people remember.
François Fénelon

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
William Thackeray

The soul of conversation is sympathy.
Thomas Campbell

It is always good to know, if only in passing, charming human beings. It refreshes one like flowers and woods and clear brooks.
George Eliot

Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
William Ellery Channing

If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

In many things it is not well to say, "Know thyself"; it is better to say, "Know others."
Menander

The less people speak of their greatness,
the more we think of it.
Lord Bacon

He who sedulously attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, coolly answers and ceases when he has no more to say is in possession of some of the best requisites of man.
Johann Casper Lavater

A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.
John Tillotson

It requires less character to discover the faults of others than is does to tolerate them.
J. Petit Senn

Fear of Failure

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt

Half of the failures in life come from pulling one's horse when he is leaping.
Thomas Hood

Go back a little to leap further.
John Clarke

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare

There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer every hazard.
The fearful are the failing.
Sarah J. Hale

We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.
Samuel Smiles

I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best.
John Keats

It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid.
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes.
Publius Syrus

He that is down needs fear no fall.
John Bunyan

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth

One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again.
Henry Ford

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving

Our greatest glory consist not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Oliver Goldsmith

Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.
Nelson A. Rockefeller

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh

Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
James A. Froude

It is the want of diligence, rather than the want of means, that causes most failures.
Alfred Mercier

A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed--I well know.
For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
Georges Clemenceau

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Napoleon Bonaparte

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Elbert Hubbard

There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer every hazard.
The fearful are the failing.
Sarah J. Hale

Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air.
Johann C. F. von Schiller

Failure teaches success.
Japanese Saying

Overcome Worry and Anxiety

Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope and fear;
But grateful take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
John G. Whittier

It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction.
Henry Ward Beecher

Be just, and fear not.
Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,
Thy God's and truth's.
William Shakespeare

Ask yourself this question:
"Will this matter a year from now?"
Richard Carlson, writing in Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind.
Jonathan Edwards

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

Imagine every day to be the last of a life surrounded with hopes, cares, anger and fear. The hours that come unexpectedly will be much the more grateful.
Horace

The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.
Seneca

Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
William Shakespeare

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those that never happen.
James Russel Lowell

How much pain have cost us the evils that have never happened.
Thomas Jefferson

It is the trouble that never comes that causes the loss of sleep.
Chas. Austin Bates

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
Henry David Thoreau

We also deem those happy, who from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills and without descanting on their weight.
Junvenal

Thus each person by his fears gives wings to rumor, and, without any real source of apprehension, men fear what they themselves have imagined.
Lucan

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
Albert Einstein

It is idle to dread what you cannot avoid.
Publius Syrus

Enjoy the present day, as distrusting that which is to follow.
Horace

He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch
To gain or lose it all.
Marquis of Montrose

The rose is fairest when 't is budding new,
and hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.
Walter Scott

Self Improvement

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
Socrates

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
Oliver Goldsmith

Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades.
Mme. Du Deffand

The safest principle through life, instead of reforming others, is to set about perfecting yourself.
B. R. Haydon

What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.
Thomas Sprat

The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner self; to render our consciousness its own light and its own mirror.
Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg

In this world man must either be anvil or hammer.
Henry W. Longfellow

What are the aims which are at the same time duties? They are perfecting of ourselves, the happiness of others.
Immanuel Kant

Many only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
Will Rogers

Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts as the Columbus to his own soul.
Sir J. Stephen

Discontent is the source of all trouble,
but also of all progress, in individuals and nations.
Berthold Auerbach

Slumber not in the tents of your fathers! The world is advancing. Advance with it!
Mazzini

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
Thomas Carlyle

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.
Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher

Remedy your deficiencies,
and your merits will take care of themselves.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging.
Marcus Aurelius

Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater.
Epictetus

If you have great talents, industry will improve them; If moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiencies. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor: nothing is ever to be attained without it.
Sir Joshua Reynolds

What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.
Saint Augustine

Live up to the best that is in you: Live noble lives, as you all may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves.
Henry W. Longfellow

Overcoming Adversity

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.
John Churton Collins

Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
Ralph Blum

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov

Good fortune and bad are equally necessary to man, to fit him to meet the contingencies of this life.
French Proverb

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Washington Irving

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius

All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
Henry David Thoreau

Fractures well cured make us more strong.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it.
Horace

Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.
Ovid

The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.
Henry W. Longfellow

Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.
Horace

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
Confucius

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving

Difficulties strengthen the mind,
as well as labor does the body.
Seneca

Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

Obstacles are great incentives.
Jules Michelet

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.
Albert Careb

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand.
E. E. Hale

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better.
Proverb

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
William Shakespeare

It is the surmounting of difficulties that make heroes.
Louis Kossuth

I do not cast my eyes away from my troubles. I pack them in as little compass as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.
Robert Southey

Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.
Nelson A. Rockefeller

They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.
Pietro Aretino

Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion.
Christian Nestell Bovee

A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry;
But were we burthen'd with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.
William Shakespeare

Sports Inspiration

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.
George Herbert

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
Joe Namath

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Napoleon Bonaparte


You are the handicap you must face.
You are the one who must choose your place.
James Lane Allen

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
George F. Will

There are no gains without pains.
Adlai Stevenson

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
William Edward Hickson

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Corneille

They can because they think they can.
Virgil

They wil rise highest who strive for the highest place.
(Altius ibunt qui as summa nituntur.)
Latin Proverb

Never say die.
Proverb

Most ball games are lost, not won.
Casey Stengel

It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports.
What's tough is being good every day.
Willie Mays

You are never a loser until you quit trying.
Mike Ditka

If you can't accept losing, you can't win.
Vince Lombardi

Nothing succeeds like success.
Proverb

Time Management

Time and space are fragments of the infinite for the use of finite creatures.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Dost thou love life, then do not squander time,
for that's the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin

Time in its aging course teaches all things.
Aeschylus

Make use of time, let not advantage slip.
William Shakespeare

One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.
Chinese Proverb

You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
Charles Bruxton

I recommend you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.
Earl of Chesterfield

To do two things at once is to do neither.
Publius Syrus

A man who dares waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin

The laws of science do not distinguish between the past and the future.
Steven W. Hawking

Time and tide wait for no man.
Geoffrey Chaucer

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
Gloria Steinem from
Work at Home Moms - Time Management Tips

Time is a file that wears and makes no noise.
English Proverb

He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived but lost.
Thomas Fuller

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.
Lord Chesterfield

The swiftness of time is infinite, as is still more evident when we look back on the past.
Seneca

Thrift of time will repay you in after-life with a thousandfold of profit beyond your most sanguine dreams.
William E. Gladstone

You may as well borrow a person's money as his time.
Horace Mann

Those that make the best use of their time have none to spare.
Thomas Fuller

To comprehend a man's life, it is necessary to know not merely what he does but also what he purposely leaves undone. There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is till wiser who, from among the things that he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best.
John Hall Gladstone

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them.
Marcel Proust

Time is a physician which heals every grief.
Diphilus

Gaining time is gaining everything in love, trade and war.
John Shebbeare

Time is money.
Benjamin Franklin

The more business a man has to do, the more he is able to accomplish, for he learns to economize his time.
Sir Matthew Hale

Time is but the stream I go a-fishin in.
Henry David Thoreau

He who know most grieves most for wasted time.
Dante

Thoughtful

It is good to rub and polish our brains against that of others.
Michel de Montaigne

We think too small. Like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.
Mao Tse-Tung

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
Walter Lipman

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.
William Shakespeare

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
William Shakespeare

Men give me some credit for genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I make is what the people call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
Alexander Hamiltonr

The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather than what to think.
James Beattie

What gems of painting or statuary are in the world of art, or what flowers are in the world of nature, are gems of thought to the cultivated and the thinking.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

We bring forth weeds when our quick minds lie still.
William Shakespeare

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already, thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take firm root in our personal experience.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The less men think, the more they talk.
Baron Montesquieu

The universe is change;
our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius

But words are things, and a small drop of ink
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
Sir Aubrey De Vere

Thoughts rule the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probably reason why so few people engage in it.
Henry Ford

The efficient man is the man who thinks for himself, and is capable of thinking hard and long.
Charles W. Eliot

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

Obvious thinking commonly leads to wrong judgments and wrong conclusions.
Humphrey B. Neil

Language is the close-fitting dress of thought.
R. C. Trench

Management

The art of choosing men is not nearly so difficult as the art of enabling those one has chosen to attain their full worth.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi

One rule of action more important than all others is consists in never doing anything that someone else can do for you.
Calvin Coolidge

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Abraham Lincoln

Never give an order that can't be obeyed.
General Douglas MacAuthur

Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.
John Churton Collins

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
Tacitus

An army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The measure of a man is what he does with power.
Greek Proverb

If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.
Thomas Fuller

Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing. We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
Confucius

Perseverance

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Oliver Goldsmith

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
Thomas Carlyle

Press on! A better fate awaits thee.
Victor Hugo

Perseverance is king.
Josh Billings

The waters wear the stones.
The Book of Job 14:19

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin

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

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.
Epictetus

The important thing in life is to have great aim and to possess the aptitude and the perseverance to attain it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Without sweat and toil no work is made perfect.
Latin Proverb

I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not much, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
Sir T. F. Buxton

Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant.
Bayard Taylor

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Washington Irving

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Louis Pasteur

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
Lucretius 95 BC - From Perseverance: (persistence...endurance...persevere... ) - Happy Otter

He who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as to the idle spectators, who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.
John Foster

Do not think that what is hard for thee to master is impossible for man; but if a thing is possible and proper to man, deem it attainable by thee.
Marcus Aurelius

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Confucius

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