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This is my homepage but most of my web presence is on my blog, Book Reviews and More. It is a collection of my published and unpublished writing, mostly book reviews, with a few articles and reflection's. If you want to poke around here the key sections are Poetry, Artwork, and Lists or return Home.

(I have  often been asked for old quotations that I have used in e-mails, or as my sig file, or just said to someone. I have collected quotes for many years. I write them in my journals, from Movies, books, TV... So I decided to build a collection of them on my website. The Quotes are currently spread across three pages.  Quotes Quotes 2 Quotes 3

"Life is too short to be little."
         Benjamin Disraeli

"It is in changing that things find purpose."

"Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them."
         Marcus Aurelius

"If you're doing something a certain way because it's always been done that way, then you're probably doing it wrong."
         Colin Baden, VP Design, Oakley Inc.

"Make thy books thy companions. Let thy cases and shelves be thy pleasure grounds and gardens."
         Judah ibn-Tibbon

"The books that help you the most are those that make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading: but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty."
         Theodore Parker

"The secret of life is to have a task...something you bring everything to...And the most important thing is - it must be something you cannot possibly do."
         Henry Moore, sculptor, as quoted in "The Brand You 50" by Tom Peters

"I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit."
         John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"I slept and dreamt that life was Joy, and then I awoke and realized that life was Duty, And then I went to work-- and lo and behold I discovered that Duty can be Joy."
         Rabindranth Tagore

"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be "happy". I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference, that you lived at all."
         Leo C. Rosten

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

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain."
         Emily Dickinson

"To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer."
         George Bernard Shaw

"The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have."
         John D. Rockefeller III

"Many people 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

"Man's task is simple. He should cease letting his existence be a thoughtless accident."
         Friedrich Nietzche

To make a man happy, fill his hands with work, his heart with affection, his mind with purpose, his memory with useful knowledge, his future with hope, and his stomach with food. ....
         Frederick E. Crane

"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are...
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in my pillow, or stretch myself taught, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return."
         Mary Jean Iron

"I don't know what your destiny will be but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
         French physician Albert Schweitzer.

"If a man hasn't discovered something that he would die for, he isn't fit to live."
         Martin Luther King Jr., speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963

"A timeless lesson for a deeply fulfilling life is to discover your calling, that special work or consuming occupation that fully engages your special talents with your passions."
         Robin S. Sharma

"The key to a great life lies in shifting your focus from accumulation to contribution. The old saying "He who gathers the most toys wins" needs to be replaced with "He who serves the most prospers". Remember, happiness is the by-product of a life spent adding value to other people's lives."
         Robin S. Sharma

"Only you can make your dreams come true."

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

"Most people don't learn how to live until it's time to die."

"One of the saddest experiences which can come to a human being is to awaken, grey-haired and wrinkled, near the close of an unproductive career, to the fact that all through the years he has been using only a small part of himself."
         V.W. Burrows

"Most of us die with our music still in us."
         Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Most of us dread finding out when we come to die that we have never really lived."

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it."

"The very meaningless of life forces man to create his own meanings. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."
         Stanley Kubrick, filmmaker

"While we cannot choose how we will die, we can always choose how we will live."
         Robin S. Sharma

"Blessed is he who has found his work."
         Thomas Carlyle (nineteenth century English essayist)

"When you were born, the world rejoiced while you cried. Live your life in such a way that, when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.:
         Indian Proverb

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

"Most of us dread finding out when we come to die that we have never really lived."

"There comes a special moment in everyone's life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission - a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds his greatness. It is his finest hour."
         Winston Churchill

"As you live your day, so you live your life" RSS (A day is your life in miniature, born in am and die in pm; successful life is nothing more than a successful live strung together.)

"The purpose of life is to manifest your talents in pursuit of a worthy ideal."

Spring has past
Summer has gone
Winter is here
And the song that I meant to sing
Is still unsung
I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument

"Creativity is all about seeing what everybody else is seeing and thinking what nobody else is thinking."
         Robin S. Sharma

"You can live your life by chance or by choice. It's really up to you."

"No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined."
         Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Successful people don't do what's convenient - they do what's right."

"If you don't act on life, life will act on you."

"The tougher you are on yourself, the easier life will be on you."

"The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night."
         Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Every day is a new chance to start living a new life."

"One golden key to a life of excellence and achievement is to stop doing what is convenient and to start doing what is right."

"All organizations are merely conceptual embodiments of a very old, very basic idea - the idea of community. They can be no more or less than the sum of the beliefs of the people drawn to them; of their character, judgements, acts and efforts."
         Dee Hock, founder of VISA

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."
         Albert Einstein

"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet."

"A man is known by the company his mind keeps."
         Thomas Bailey Aldrich

"A negative thought is like an embryo - the more you feed it, the stronger it grows."

"Enlightened leaders turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones."

"Life is too short to be little."

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

"Drag your thoughts away from your troubles - by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage. It's the healthiest thing a body can do."
         Mark Twain

"Every year of my life, I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good and dwell as little as possible on the evil and false."

"I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet."
         Ancient Persian saying

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."
         Helen Keller

"Carpenters bend wood. Fletchers bend arrows. Wise men fashion themselves."

"We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments."
         Abraham Maslow

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves"
         Sir Edmund Hillary

"There is nothing noble in being superior to others. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self."
         Indian saying

One must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery.
         H.G. Wells

"The wise man will always reflect concerning the quality not the quantity of life."

"We cannot live better than in seeking to become better."

Life is no brief candle for me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got 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

"Life's like a play: it's not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters."

A long, healthy and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others.
         Hans Selye

Happiness is the offspring of concentrated action. Excellence is achieved through the progressive realization of incremental goals along the path of your life's mission.
         Robin S. Sharma, in Timeless Wisdom for Self-Mastery

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is victory over self.

Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul- the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
         Napoleon Hill

If you conquer your mind, you conquer the world.
         Indian Proverb

True joy is serene. The seat of it is within and there is no cheerfulness like the resolution of a brave mind not to be elevated or dejected with good or ill fortune.

Be the master of your will but the servant of your conscience.
         Robin S. Sharma, in MegaLiving!

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear... not absence of fear.
         Mark Twain

There is no knowledge that is not power.

All things are difficult before they are easy.
         Thomas Fuller

All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal that was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.
         Orison Swett Marden

Alas for those that never sing but die with all their music within them.
         Oliver Wendell Holmes

Do the thing you fear to do and just keep on doing it. That is the quickest and surest way ever discovered to conquer fear.
         Dale Carnegie

Remember, no matter what you background is and what your current circumstances are, you have the capacity to take action. This is one of the golden threads of humanity - we all have the power to act in a way that will improve the quality of our lives.
         Robin S. Sharma

It's never too late to be what you might have been.
         George Eliot

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn.
         Jazz legend Charlie Parker

There is the risk you cannot afford to take and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.
         Peter Drucker

Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage.
         Claude Bristol

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and to read the other.

The most satisfied and enlightened people realize that successful and dynamic living starts from within. Before you can care for others, you must care for yourself.
         Robin S. Sharma

Most people try to know more to become more clever every day, where as I attempt to become more simple and uncomplicated everyday.
         Zen expression

Simplify your life. Don't waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don't burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don't destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!
         Henry David Thoreau

Your creativity comes from the universal source of all creation, the source of all intelligence and wisdom.
         Robin S. Sharma

It is useless to desire more time if you are already wasting what little you have.
         James Allen

Before you can come to know your purpose, you must come to know yourself.
         Robin S. Sharma

Give yourself permission to follow your mission. As one father told his son: "be ashamed to die until you have scored a victory for mankind.
         from a Greek saying

When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.

A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.
         Chinese Proverb

Life management begins with mind management. The quality of your life is influenced by the quality of your thoughts. Your thoughts do form your world. Scarce thoughts create a life of scarcity. Thoughts of abundance lead to abundant circumstances.
         Robin S. Sharma

The most fully actualized people that I studied over ten years consistently pushed the envelope. These people consistently demanded far more of themselves every day than anyone else ever expected from them. These people raised their standards and committed themselves from their hearts to be the best they could be and to live a life of uncommon wonder. This is what self-mastery is all about.
         Robin S. Sharma

No life is so hard that one can't make it easier by the way one accepts it.

Frequent encounters with danger are a part of life... making you inwardly strong... instilling in you a profound awareness of life... bringing new meaning, and richness. –
         I Ching

If you want to put far more living in your life, start living every day as if it was your last.
         Robin S. Sharma

Mankind's common instinct for reality has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism.
         William James

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.
         Henry David Thoreau

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
         Carl Sandburg

A man's character is his guardian divinity.

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
         John Dryden

Start to see yourself for who you really are: a traveller, an explorer or on the path of life, confidently advancing along the path of enlightenment towards your destiny. Don't lose sight of the things that are truly vital in your life.
         Robin S. Sharma

"The delights of self-discovery are always available."
         Gail Sheehy

"The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become."
         Ashley Montagu

"Rather than spending all your time trying to do great things, spend more time trying to be a great person. That is the secret to doing great things."

"Before you can do something you must be something."

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

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
         Mother Theresa

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

"We have made the world a neighborhood through our scientific genius, and now through our moral commitment we must make of it a brotherhood. We've got to learn to live together as brothers or we'll perish as fools."
         Martin Luther King Jr.

"The valuable person in any business is the individual who can and will cooperate with others."
         Elbert Hubbard

"We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them."

"The person who strives to do everything accomplishes nothing."

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
         Peter Drucker

"Stop working harder. Start living smarter."

"Focus on the worthy. Concentrate on the essentials. Commit to the Vital Few. Spend the remaining hours of your life only on those activities that will yield the highest return on investment."

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away."
         Henry David Thoreau

"I think we should follow one simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk."
         Dr. Joyce Brothers

"To live greatly, you must risk greatly. If you only take small risks, you are only entitled to a small life."

"The timid person, afraid to be drowned, will remain on the shore while the daring swimmer will dive deep and score all the pearls."

"Seek earnestly and you will find."

"Adventure is a human need. We recognize it as the daring thing which makes us bigger than our usual selves. Adventure is the curiosity of man to see the other side of the mountain, the impulse in him that makes him break his bonds with lesser things and frees him for greater possibility."
         Walt Burnett

"Enthusiasm signifies God in us."
         Madame De Stael

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
         Helen Keller

"Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself."
         Viktor Frankl

"On the human chessboard, all moves are possible."
         Miriam Schiff

"Never sacrifice happiness for the sake of achievement. The real key to life is to happily achieve."

"Character is the foundation of all worthwhile success."
         John Hays Hammond

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor."
         Robert Louis Stevenson

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?"
         Satchell Paige

"Success is the satisfaction of feeling that one is realizing one's ideal."
         Anna Pavlova

"Wisdom is the sunlight of the soul."
         German saying

Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.
         Denis Whatley, 1985

Haste in every business brings failure.
         Herodotus (459 BC)

There are three things which are real - God, human folly, and laughter.
The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can to the third.
         John F. Kennedy, quoted by Gerald Gardner (1986)

The hardest job of all is trying to look busy when you're not
         Williams Feather, (1985)

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure
         Mark Twain, (1878)

Intelligence is not all that important in the exercise of power and is often, in point of fact, useless.
         Henry A. Kissinger, (1975)

All men, by nature, desire to know.
         Aristotle, (330 BC)

Do not be overly elated by good fortune. Remember how easily it can change.
         Aesop Fable (500 BC)

Never find delight in another's misfortune.
         Pulilius Syrus, (BC)

The word "necessary" seldom is.
         Keith W. Hall

"Do other men for they would do you". That's the true business precept.
         Charles Dickens, (1844)

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
         Albert Einstein.

You are never giving, nor can you ever give, enough service.
         James R. Cook, (1986)

Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
         Franklin D. Roosevelt, (1941)

When all else fails read the instructions.
         Agnus Allen, (1979)

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
         Mark Twain, (1894)

When you soar like an eagle, you attract the hunters.
         Milton S. Gould, (1967)

Employees must be given responsibility; to be backed with investment; and to be provided with motivation. Good people won't stay without them.
         Robert Heller.

A ship in a port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.
         Grace Murray Hopper, (1986)

The past is at least secure.
         Daniel Webster (1830)

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.
         J Paul Getty, (1961)

The worse the passage, the more welcome the port.
         Thomas Fuller, (1732)

If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.
         Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld, (1665)

There is no such thing as a "hard sell" or a "soft sell"
There is only a "smart sell" or a "stupid sell".

Never underestimate the power of the irate customer.
         Joel E. Ross and Michael J. Kami, (1973)

Men of few words are the best men.
         William Shakespeare, (1600)

Nothing is so simple it cannot be misunderstood.
         Freem Teague Jr., (1979)

The first step to finding something is knowing where to look.
         Robert Half, (1985)

Those who tell you it's tough at the top have never been at the bottom.
         Joe Harvey, (1988)

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
         Howard W. Newton, (1988)

In this world second thoughts, it seems, are best.
         Euripides, (428)

You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side.
         William E. Gladstone, (1866)

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
         William Shakespeare.

Lost time is never found again.
         Benjamin Franklin, (1748)

Next week there can't be any crisis. My schedule is already full.
         Henry A. Kissinger, (1973)

A man who never trusts himself never trusts anyone.
         Paul de Gondi, (1665)

Virtue is not always amiable.
         John Adams, (1779)

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
         Theodore Roosevelt, (1917)

The wise man is satisfied with nothing.
         William Godwin, (1793)

You never learn anything when you are talking.
         Jeffery G. Allen, (1988)

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.
         Herbert Spencer, (1892)

One good head is better than a hundred strong hands.
         Thomas Fuller, (1732)

Force has no place where there is need of skill.
         Herodotus, (450 BC)

Every man loves what he is good at.
         Thomas Shadwell, (1679)

The trouble with most of us is that we stop trying in trying times.
         Denis Waitley, (1985)

Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.
         J. Fred Bucy, (1985)

You're in the front door, kid. What you do on this side of it is up to you.
         A. J. Carothers, (1987)

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
         Walter Bagehot, 1988.

There is nothing we receive with so much reluctance as advice.
         Joseph Addison, (1711)

Advice after injury is like medicine after death.
         Danish Proverb.

Your attitude is a choice you make.
         Denis Waitley (1985)

As you get better at things, it becomes less interesting.
         Jim Slator, (1978)

It is only the wisest and most stupid who cannot change.
         Confucuis, (500 BC)

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
         Woodrow Wilson, (1916)

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
         Richard M. Nixon, (1978)

Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.
         Thomas Fuller, (1732)

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
         Henry Ward Beecher, (1988)

I don't meet the competition, I crush it.
         Charles Revson, (1958)

Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry.
         George Ade, (1979)

There is no such thing as a convincing argument, although every man thinks he has one.
         Oscar Wilde, (1895)

Silence .... the unbearable repartee.
         Alexander Theros, (1983)

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
         John F. Kennedy, (1961)

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
         Malcolm Muggeridge, 1985

Little things affect little minds.
         Benjamin Disraeli, (1845)

Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.
         Herodotus, (450 BC)

The easiest person to deceive is one's self.
         Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1828.

It is easy to make good decisions when there are no bad options.
         Robert Half, (1985)

Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
         Charles de Gaulle, (1985)

It is much safer to obey than to rule.
         Thomas Kempis, (1427)

The direction in which education starts a man, will determine his future life.
         Plato, (370 BC)

Conceit is the finest armour a man can wear.
         Jerome K. Jerome, (1889)

If you are going to be a bridge, you've got to be prepared to be walked upon.
         Roy A. West, (1988)

One enemy is too much.
         George Herbert, (1651)

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
         Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1841)

Envy is so natural to human kind, that it cannot but arise.
         Herodotus, (450 BC)

Nothing sharpens sight like envy.
         Thomas Fuller, (1732)

The greatest right in the world, is the right to be wrong.
         Harry Weinberger, (1917)

Regrets are as personal as fingerprints.
         Margaret Culkin Banning, (1958)

What is left when honour is lost?
         Publilius Syrus, (1st century BC)

I can resist everything except temptation.
         Oscar Wilde, (1892)

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
         Oscar Wilde, (1892)

Facts speak for themselves.
         Terence, (161 BC)

Men can learn little from success, but much from failure.
         Arabic proverb.

Even a fool may be wise after the event.
         Homer, (550 BC)

I will not be ashamed to defend a friend.
         Bible: Apocrypha

Gossip, unlike river water, flows both ways
         Michael Korda, (1976)

A hasty man drinks his tea with a fork.
         Chinese proverb

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
         Sigmund Freud, (1897)

You have to have a serious streak in you, or you can't see the funny side of the other fellow.
         Will Rogers, (1973)

Every time you come up with a terrific idea, you find that someone else thought of it first.
         Frank Harden, (1978)

The world is full of willing people:
Some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
         Robert Frost, (1985)

People who are resting on their laurels are wearing them on the wrong end.
         Malcolm Kushner, (1986)

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors than from his virtues.
Ignorance is not bliss, it is oblivion.
         Philip Wylie, (1942)

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
         Will Rogers, (1973)

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
         Alan Watts, (1961)

Imagination continually frustrates tradition; that is its function.
         John Pfeiffer, (1979)

Inflation might be called prosperity with high blood pressure.
         Arnold H. Glasgow, (1966)

We're drowning in information and starving for knowledge.
         Rutherford D Rogers, (1985)

Curiosity is one of the permanent, and certain, characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
         Samuel Johnson, (1750)

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
         Henry Brooks Adams, (1977)

Judgement comes from experience, and great judgement comes from bad experience.
         Bob Packwood, (1986)

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
         H. L. Mencken, (1985)

No one ever became extremely wicked, suddenly.
         Juvenal, (ca.110)

You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
         Joseph Conrad, (1985)

Living well is the best revenge.
         George Herbert, (1651)

Innocence has nothing to dread.
         Jean Racine, (1677)

The strictest justice is sometimes the greatest injustice.
         Terrence, 163 BC

The public seldom forgives twice.
         Johann Kaspar Lavater, (1788)

Emancipation from error is the condition of real knowledge.
         Henri Frédéric Ameil, (1849)

It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.
         Wilbur Wright, (1900)

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of non-knowledge.
         Isaac Bashevis Singer, (1978)

The true leader is always led.
         Carl G. Jung, (1976)

Learning is discovering that something is possible.
         Fritz Perls, (1979)

Diligence is a great teacher.
         Arabic proverb

To teach is to learn twice.
         Joseph Joubert, (1842)

Lying is an elementary means of self-defence.
         Susan Sontag, (1972)

Anyone who does not feel sufficiently strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
         Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, (1580)

Sometimes we have to change the truth in order to remember it.
         George Santayana, (1975)

Chance favours the trained mind.
         Louis Pasteur, (1981)

Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
         Gustave Flaubert, (1985)

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in a hour.
         Elbert Hubbard, (1988)

Try skipping a meeting if you want to find our how important it is.
         Robert Townsend, (1984)

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
         Dean Acheson, (1977)

We all have strength enough to endure the misfortune of others.
         Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld

A hidden intention is a bad one.
         The Universal Self Instructor, (1883)

You can observe a lot just by watching.
         Yogi Berra, (1979)

You lose a lot of time hating people.
         Marian Anderson, (1965)

The president of our company says he's surrounded by yes men. He told me so himself, and I agreed with him.
Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.
         Charles Péguy, (1943)

Better break your word than do worse by keeping it.
         Thomas Fuller, (1732)

You are never giving, nor can you ever give, enough service.
         James R. Cook, (1986)

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
         Alexander Pope, (1927)

The beginning is the most important part of any work.
         Plato (370 BC)

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.
         John Galsworthy, (1928)

A danger foreseen is half avoided.
         Thomas Fuller, (1732)

What is the use of running when we are not on the right road?
         German proverb

Strategic planning is worthless - unless there is first a strategic vision.
         John Naisbitt, (1984)

The first prerequisite of intelligent tinkering is to save all the pieces.
         Aldo Leopold, (1978)

Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.
The more noise a man or a motor makes, the less power there is available.
         W. R. McGeary, (1988)

A problem is something you have hopes of changing. Anything else is a fact of life.
         C. R. Smith, (1969)

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.
         Thomas Fuller, (1732)

The certainties of one age are the problems of the next.
         Richard H. Tawney, (1926)

Almost anything is easier to get into than to get out of.
         Agnes Allen, (1979)

All things are difficult before they are easy.
         Thomas Fuller, (1732)

Delay is preferable to error.
         Thomas Jefferson, (1972)

Progress might have been all right once, but its gone on too long.
         Ogden Nash, (1975)

That's the old American way - if you get a good thing, then over do it.
         Phil Walden, (1976)

Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are already going.
         John Naisbitt, (1984)

Money can't buy you friends, but you can get a better class of enemy.
         Spike Milligan

You can choose your friends, but you are stuck with your relatives.

"Leadership is not about executive position or title. It is about connection and influence. At its highest, leadership is all about adding value to the world and blessing lives through the work you do."
         Robin S. Sharma

"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do."

"A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction."
         Rita Mae Brown

"The smallest of actions is always better than the noblest of intentions."
         Robin S. Sharma (RSS) from "Who Will Cry When You Die?"

"If you try, you might. But if you don't, you won't."

"Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans."
         A.J. Marshall

"There's nothing really difficult if you only begin - some people contemplate a task until it looms so big, it seems impossible, but I just begin and it gets done somehow. There would be no coral islands if the first bug sat down and began to wonder how the job was to be done."
         John Shaw Billings (1838-1913)

"If I'd never have picked up the first person, I'd never have picked up the 42,000 in Calcutta."
         Mother Teresa

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
         Mark Twain

'I truly believe we don't experience anything without some reason or other. There's something in this somewhere.' "I just think it's a wonderful world and there's some plan somewhere and if you're open, it's there."
         Canadian Shirley Macklin shortly after being released from an eight day hijacking nightmare aboard ill-fated Indian Airlines Flight 871

"The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.

"In despair there are the most intense enjoyments, especially when one is very acutely conscious of the hopelessness of one's position."
         Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
         Charles Dickens

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

"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."
         William Saroyan

"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."
         William Saroyan

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come."
         Chinese Proverb

"Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar."

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

"The deeper your relationship with others, the more effective will be your leadership. People will not follow you if they not trust you and before someone will lend you a hand, you must first touch their heart."
         Robin S. Sharma

"A talent is formed in stillness, a character is the world's torrent."

"Why shouldn't punctuality be a moral yardstick? Promptness tells me someone is more likely to be professional, respectful, reliable and considerate in our association... Soon, the "I matter more" attitude [of habitual latecomers] betrays a cavalier attitude that is hard to ignore. Absent is the recognition that it's just as difficult for others to abandon what they're doing to honor commitments - but they do."
         Eve Glicksman in the San Francisico Examiner

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." –
         Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Young man, make your name worth something."
         Andrew Carnegie

"Mastery in work and in life is about commiting yourself to being excellent in everything you do, no matter how small and no matter if no one is watching. Do you practice excellence in your most private moments?"
         Robin S. Sharma

"Being an elite performer on the playing field of life is not about being perfect. Rather, it is about cultivating a mental focus towards mastery in every area of your life. It is about commiting yourself, from the core of your heart, to manifest and polish your highest talents and become the person you are destined to be."
         Robin S . Sharma

"To arrive at a place called Mastery, you must commit to daily and rigorous practice. Enjoy practising your craft for its own sake without turning your attention to your ultimate destination. Understand, once and for all, that the journey is as important as the destination."
         Robin S. Sharma

"It doesn't particularly impress me when someone shows a commitment to excellence when things are easy. What impresses and moves me are those brave souls who do great things when times are challenging. I refer to the mother who makes the time to read for an hour after a full day of work and an evening caring for her children. I think of the business executive who rises at 5 am on a cold winter's day and leaves the comfort of his warm bed to exercise before a day packed with obligations because this was a quiet promise he made to himself. I write of the entry-level worker who goes the extra mile for every customer though most show no appreciation because he knows in his heart this is the right thing to do. Such acts impress me."
         Robin S. Sharma

"Gandhi said 'One cannot do right in one area of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in another; Life is one indivisible whole.' This point of wisdom is profound. A commitment to excellence is not just reserved for a few select areas of your life - it must be reflected in everything you do. Your diet must reflect your commitment to excellence. Your physique must reflect your commitment to excellence. Your personal habits must reflect your commitment to excellence and your thoughts must reflect a commitment to excellence."
         Robin S. Sharma

"I promise you this: at the end of your days, you will discover that the things you now perceive to be the big things in your life will be seen as little things and all those things that your now believe to be the little things, you will realize, were really the big things."
         Robin S. Sharma

"Attention makes the genius. All learning, fancy, science and skill depend upon it. Newton traced his great discoveries to it. It builds bridges, opens new worlds, heals disease, carries on the business of the world. Without it, taste is useless and the beauties of literature unobserved."
         Robert Willmott, 19th Century English author

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

"He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all."
         Miguel de Cervantes

"Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals."
         David Ogilvy

"It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life."
         Sister Elizabeth Kenny

"Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness."
         May Sarton

"Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel. Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A crackling fire. A great meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer. Don't fret about copping life's grand awards. Enjoy its tiny delights. There are plenty for all of us." –
         Author Unknown

"Far away there 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 them."
         Louisa May Alcott

"If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth."
         Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"You cannot have what you want if you are content to remain what you are."

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

"Happiness is the fullest use of one's powers along lines of excellence."

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

"When one door closes another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us."
         Alexander Graham Bell

"Either you set your goals and, in doing so, have your life governed by choice or you do nothing and gave your life governed by chance."

"My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there."
         Charles Kettering

"The first fifteen minutes of your day should be spent planning your day. Set specific goals as to what you will accomplish. These clear goals will give you focal points on which you can govern your actions and provide your with a template you can live your day from."
         Robin S. Sharma

"The person who makes promises to everyone ultimately pleases no one."
         Robin S. Sharma

"He who praises everybody, praises nobody."
         James Boswell

"Leadership strategy must not be driven by a quest for more money but a commitment to greater humanity."

"No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves."
         Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The price of greatness is responsibility."
         Winston Churchill

"...I think that ideally that is how a company works. It becomes a place of ideas, not a place of position."
         Jack Welch

"All it takes is one match to light a forest fire."

"The deeper the relationship, the more effective the leadership. Relationship-building is Job 1 for any leader. Why? Because people will not follow you if they do not trust you. And people will not lend you a hand until you first touch their hearts."
         Robin S. Sharma

"Leadership is not about executive position or title. It is about connection and influence. At its highest, leadership is all about adding value to the world and blessing lives through the work you do."
         Robin S. Sharma

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

"Don't surrender leadership of your life to your moods"
         Robin S. Sharma

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
         Motto of the Christopher Society

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