Inspirational Quotes
Thursday, June 30, 2005
By: Matthew Doucette

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“...it's essential to keep an open mind, and to be willing--better yet, eager--to try new things.” - Michael Abrash, Ramblings in Realtime

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with the wind.” - John Neal, 1793-1876, American Novelist, Poet, & Lawyer

“A competitive world offers two possibilities. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.” - L. C. Thurow

“A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.” - Maltbie Babcock

“A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything.” - Harry Browne, Financial Consultant & Libertarian Activist

“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” - Walter Bagehot, 1826-1877, British Economist

“A loser doesn't know what he'll do if he loses, but talks about what he'll do if he wins, and a winner doesn't talk about what he'll do if he wins, but knows what he'll do if he loses.” - Eric Berne

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want.” - Madonna

“A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” - John Burroughs, 1873-1921 American Author

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” - Bob Dylan

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, American Poet & Essayist

“A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” - Alexander Pope, 1688-1744, English Poet

“A man surprised is half beaten.” - Proverb

“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.” - Oscar Wilde

“A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.” - Zadok Rabinowitz

“A man's mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.” - Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Entrepreneur

“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” - Mary Kay Ash

“A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” - Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian Political & Spiritual Leader

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Sir Winston Churchill

“A poor man is not the one without a cent. A poor man is the one without a dream.” - Henry Ford

“A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.” - James A. Garfield

“A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.” - Leon Tec, M.D.

“A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well.” - Dan Rather

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” - William Arthur Ward

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” - Larry Bird

“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” - Balthasar Gracian

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” - Francois Bacon

“Accept fate, and move on. Don't yield to the seductive pull of self-pity. Acting like a victim threatens your future.” - unknown

“Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can't change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.” - Peter McWilliams, American Author

“Act as if it were impossible to fail.” - Dorothea Brande

“Act as though it were impossible to fail.” - unknown

“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” - Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Pastor, Speaker & Author

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” - Dietrich Bonhoffer

“Actions speak louder than words.” - unknown

“Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger.” - Lou Holtz, American College Footbal Coach

“Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.” - Henry Fielding, 1707-1754, English Author

“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” - Horace

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.” - Mary Kay Ash

“Aim at nothing and you will hit it every time.” - unknown

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.” - Dr. David M. Burns

“All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your own terms.” - Harrison Ford

“All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to find that it was vanity; But dreamers of day are dangerous men, that they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.” - T.E. Lawrence, 1888-1935, British Author

“All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.” - Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Founder of Success Magazine

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” - Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” - unknown

“Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to hide them.” - Francois de La Rochefoucald, 1613-1680, French Writer

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

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” - Arnold Palmer

“Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them-and then you destroy yourself.” - Richard M. Nixon, 1913-1994, 37th US President

“An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.” - Syndey J. Harris

“An idiot repeats his mistakes. A smart man learns from his mistakes. But a genius learns from the mistakes of others.” - unknown

“An inch of a miss is as good as a mile of a miss.” - unknown, original quote, 1614

“An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people.” - Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anais Nin

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.” - Albert Einstein

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it.” - Norman Vincent Peale

“Any fool can try to defend his mistakes - and most fools do - but it gives one a feeling of nobility to admit one's mistakes. By fighting, you never get enough, but by yielding, you get more than you expected.” - Lawrence G. Lovasik, The Hidden Power of Kindness

“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.” - Epictetus, 50-138, Phrygian Philosopher

“Any successful journey begins by packing your luggage full of imagination.” - Kathrine Palmer Peterson

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” - Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Entrepreneur

“Anything is possible.” - Royce Gracie, UFC 60

“Anything the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” - Napoleon Hill

“As a former manager of mine liked to say, "After you finish the first 90% of a project, you have to finish the other 90%." It's that second 90% that's the key to success.” - Michael Abrash, Author & Video Game Programmer

“As for myself, I always willingly acknowledge my own self as the principal cause of every good and of every evil which may befall me; therefore I have always found myself capable of being my own pupil, and ready to love my teacher.” - Giacomo Casanova

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” - Andrew Carnegie

“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way: government, society, and even the sun, moon and stars.” - Henry David Thoreau

“At the simplest level, only people who know they do not know everything will be curious enough to find things out.” - Virginia Postrel

“Attack every problem with enthusiam… as if your survival depended upon it.” - unknown

“Attitudes are a secret power working 24 hours a day, for good or bad.” - unknown

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.” - Colin Powell

“Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.” - Ralph W. Sockman

“Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.” - Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington

“Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe.” - Robert Service

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” - John Wooden, US Basketball Coach

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” - Dr. Seuss

“Be yourself.” - unknown

“Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy.” - Mike Ditka, in Sports Illustrated

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years.” - Bob Brown

“Being asked to give all you have is not a hard concept to grasp, but when you have all of the potential, it makes it that much tougher.” - Adam Crawford

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” - Marilyn Vos Savant, American Columnist & Writer

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” - Stephen Swid

“Believe in yourself. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You must do that which you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“Believe you can do it. Believing something can be done puts your mind to work for you and helps you find ways to do it.” - George Shinn, Author of "The Miracle of Motivation"

“Between depriving a man of one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree.” - Addenda to Orders in Council The Emperor Paul Muad'dib, Dune Messiah (1969), a Frank Herbert novel

“Beware of the man who won't be bothered with details.” - William Feather

“Big goals can create a fear of failure. Lack of goals guarantees it.” - unknown

“Bill and I both firmly believe that even the most difficult global health problems can be solved.” - Melinda Gates

“By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment.” - Dorothea Brande, American Success Writer

“Capitalists are motivated not chiefly by the desire to consume wealth or indulge their appetites, but by the freedom and power to consummate their entrepreneurial ideas.” - George Gilder, American Businessman & Author

“Chance favors only the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur

“Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.” - Henry Steele Commager, 1902-1998, American Historian

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” - Norman Vincent Peale

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” - Phillips Brooks, 1835-1893, American Bishop

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” - Phillips Brooks, 1835-1893, American Bishop

“Choosing goals that are important to you is one of the most essential things you can do in order to live your dreams.” - Les Brown

“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.” - Blaise Pascal

“Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.” - Ann Landers

“Commit yourself to quality from day one ... it's better to do nothing at all than to do something badly.” - Mark H. McCormack

“Concentrate on what works.” - M.D.

“Confidence is a very important thing. But confidence isn't something you just develop by saying "I'm going to do this or that." You really have to believe it.” - Donald Trump, Rule #4 of 7 Rules of Success

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” - Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister

“Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.” - Publilius Syrus

“Countless unseen details are often the only difference between mediocre and magnificent.” - unknown

“Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values. Without courage our love pales into mere dependency. Without courage our fidelity becomes conformism.” - Rollo May

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” - unknown

“Creativity is... seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” - Michele Shea

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

“Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.” - Brian Tracy, American Trainer, Speaker, Author & Businessman

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything” - Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for; but, rather something to be achieved.” - William Jennings Bryan

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd US President

“Discouragement tricks you into mentally or emotionally dwelling in the very place you want to leave.” - Guy Finley, American Author

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

“Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.” - Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, British Author

“Do not go where the path may lead instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, American Poet & Essayist

“Do not pursue what is illusory - property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life - don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.” - St. Francis De Sales

“Do whatever it takes.” - unknown

“Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?” - Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, American Public Speaker & Author

“Do your job brilliantly and the cream will rise to the top.” - Irene Rosenfeld

“Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” - Belva Davis

“Don't be afraid to fail because only through failure do you learn to succeed.” - unknown

“Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” - Richard L. Evans

“Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as you mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” - Mary Kay Ash

“Don't sit and wait... become.” - M.D.

“Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do… The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn't violate too many of Newton's Laws!” - Alan Kay, 1971

“Doubt your doubts... not your beliefs.” - unknown

“Each day you have the opportunity to change yourself. What have you done today?” - Fred Anderson

“Each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better… or quit.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” - Joseph Sugarman

“Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you lie, even with a little white lie, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure.” - Joseph Sugarman

“Enjoy everything that happens in your life, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to any person, place, or thing.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.” - Paul Goodman, 1911-1972, Poet, Novelist & Playwright

“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses... on your powers, instead of your problems.” - Paul J. Meyer

“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers, 1879-1935, American Humorist, Actor & Writer

“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.” - Robert Orben

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” - unknown

“Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.” - Albert Einstein

“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” - William Wallace

“Every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise.” - Ayn Rand, 1905—1982

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter if you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running.” - TheKirkReport

“Every now and then I like to pick up a copy of Time magazine and read every article from beginning to end, not just the articles that interest me most," says Gates. "That way you can be certain to learn something you didn't know previously.” - Bill Gates

“Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win - essential to success.” - Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

“Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity.” - Helen Schucman

“Every time you point a finger at someone you have three pointing back at you.” - unknown

“Every vital organization owes its birth and life to an exciting and daring idea.” - James Bryant Conant

“Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the place where it leads.” - Erica Jong

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.” - Nolan Bushnell

“Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his acts are right, he'll get good consequences; if they're not, he'll suffer for it.” - Harry Browne

“Everything depends upon execution; having just a vision is no solution.” - Stephen Sondheim

“Everything in life is luck.” - Donald Trump

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.” - Albert Einstein

“Everything that can be counted doesn't necessarily count; everything that counts can't necessarily be counted.” - Albert Einstein

“Everything you need for a happy life is within yourself.” - unknown

“Excellence seekers are not 20% better in any one area. They are 1% better in 20 different areas.” - Lou Holtz, USC Head Coach

“Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” - John Kenneth Galbraith

“Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.” - Jim Rohn

“Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst is not to try.” - unknown

“Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.” - Herbert Kaufman, American Author & Behavioral Expert

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” - Malcolm S. Forbes

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Entrepreneur

“Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.” - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, American Author & Publicist

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, 26th President of the United States (1901-1909)

“Few are those who can see with their own eyes and hear with their own hearts.” - Albert Einstein

“Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.” - Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, British Author

“First do what's necessary, second do what's possible, third do what's impossible.” - Saint Francis DeSisy

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” - Mahatma Ghandi

“Focus is a matter of deciding what things you're not going to do.” - John Carmack

“Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren't sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.” - John Carmack

“Fools scatter about their many attributes, The wise keep such within; A piece of straw floats upon the surface of water. A precious gemstone sinks to the bottom! Therefore, it is best to disregard the seen. And concentrate upon the unseen. Only within the latter may riches be found.” - Ancient Greek parable

“For good or ill, your habits will make or break you.” - Steve Pavlina, How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. As a result, a genius is often a talented person who has simply done all of his homework.” - Thomas Edison

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” - unknown

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.” - Thoreau

“Goals are dreams we convert to plans and take action to fulfill.” - Zig Ziglar

“Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.” - Fred Brooks

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” - Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, 1900-1986

“Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.” - Colton

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.” - Albert Einstein

“Greatness is a two-faced coin - and the reverse is humility.” - Marguerite Steen

“Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.” - Aristotle

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” - Aristotle

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” - Margaret B. Runbeck

“Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.” - Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, British Philosopher & Essayist

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Having a healthy disregard for the impossible.” - unknown, phrase Larry Page learned in college

“Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.” - Thomas Bennett

“He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't.” - Orison Swett Marden

“He who can see three days ahead will be rich for three thousand years.” - Japanese Proverb

“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.” - Jean Luc Godard, Influential French Filmmaker

“High expectations are the key to everything.” - Sam Walton

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” - B. C. Forbes

“Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases.” - John W. Roper

“Honestly, I spend very little time thinking about past events, and I certainly don't have them ranked in any way. I look back and think that I have done a lot of good work over the years, but I am much more excited about what the future holds.” - John Carmack

“How badly do you want it?” - George E. Allen, 1832-1907, British Publisher & Author

“Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.” - Albert Einstein

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish Artist

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” - Albert Einstein

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for every thing I do.” - Robert A. Heinlein

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” - Abraham Lincoln

“I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.” - Tom Hopkins

“I bargained with Life for a penny, and Life would pay no more. However I begged at the evening when I counted my scanty store. For Life is a just employer, he gives you what you ask. But once you have set the wages, why, you must bear the task. I worked for a menial's hire, only to learn, dismayed, that any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid.” - Jessie Belle Rittenhouse

“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.” - John D. Rockefeller, 1839-1937

“I believe that one of the characteristics of the human race, possibly the one that is primarily responsible for its course of evolution, is that it has grown by creatively responding to failure.” - Glen Seaborg, American Scientist & Nobel Laureate

“I believe that sooner or later, the woman or man who persists will succeed.” - Dr. Randal Pinkett, The Apprentice Season 4 Winner

“I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.” - Michael Jordan

“I can't do it never yet accomplished anything; "I will try" has performed wonders.” - George P. Burnham

“I contend that dishonesty will create a failure force that often manifests itself in other ways - ways not apparent to the outside observer.” - Joseph Sugarman

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

“I do not think much of a man who does not know more today than he did yesterday.” - Abraham Lincoln

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” - John D. Rockefeller, 1839-1937

“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” - Bill Cosby

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd US President

“I frequently hear my clients say, 'I have to...' or 'I gotta...' or 'I should...' And when I hear those phrases I often ask, 'Do you have to or do you choose to?'... We forfeit our freedom of choice through our own thought processes.” - Kathy Paauw, Organizing & Productivity Consultant

“I get the facts, I study them patiently, I apply imagination.” - Bernard M. Baruch

“I guess in all my years, what I heard more than anything else was: a mere town cannot support a discount store for very long.” - Sam Walton

“I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do.” - Arthur Warwick

“I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” - Henry David Thoreau

“I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy.” - Albert Einstein

“I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” - Thomas Edison

“I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” - Charles Schwab

“I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.” - Albert Einstein

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

“I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what, in given circumstances, is to be done, and does it.” - William Hazlitt, 1778-1830, English Essayist

“I like thinking big. If you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” - Donald Trump

“I love pitting people against each other. My whole life is based on that. It brings out the best in people and the worst in people. If the worst comes out, you don't want them working for you.” - Donald Trump, Rule #5 of 7 Rules of Success

“I make progress by having people around who are smarter than I am — and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.” - Henry J. Kaiser, American industrialist

“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” - Thomas A. Edison

“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” - G. K. Chesterton, (1874 - 1936)

“I recognize that I possess a very special intellect, but at the same time, I recognize that I'm lacking in a lot of areas. But being well-rounded is greatly overrated.” - John Carmack

“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” - Madonna

“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” - Albert Einstein

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.” - Jim Carrey

“I think that the single most important element of great design, [is] the ability to detect the limits you have built into the way you think about your design, and transcend those limits.” - Michael Abrash, Ramblings in Realtime

“I want to remind you that success in life is based on hard slogging. There will be periods when discouragement is great and upsetting, and the antidote for this is calmness and fortitude and a modest yet firm belief in your competence. Be sure that your priorities are in order so that you can proceed in a logical manner, and be ever mindful that nothing will take the place of persistence.” - Walter Annenberg, Publisher and philanthropist, in a letter to his son

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960

“I will act now. I will act now. I will act now.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“I will walk where failures fear to walk.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“I will work when failures seek rest.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Idleness is the holiday of fools.” - unknown

“If all you ever do, is what you can, you never grow. It is by doing what you cannot, that you become, what you could.” - Steve Gibson, Gibson Research Corporation

“If anything is worth trying at all, it's worth trying at least 10 times.” - Art Linkletter

“If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.” - Tallulah Bankhead, 1903-1968, American Actress

“If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.” - Sir Isaac Newton

“If it's to be, it's up to me.” - Logan Pearsall

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” - Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Entrepreneur

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live a life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” - Henry David Thoreau

“If one asks for success and prepares for failure, one will get the situation one has prepared for.” - Florence Scovel Shinn, 1871-1940, Author

“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.” - John Cage

“If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.” - Seneca

“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.” - unknown

“If what you're doing isn't working, change it.” - Dr. Phil

“If wishing made things happen, then everybody would have everything.” - unknown

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” - Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

“If you are still being hurt by an event that happened to you at twelve, it is the thought that is hurting you now.” - James Hillman

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” - Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” - George Bernard Shaw

“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.” - Abraham H. Maslow, 1908-1970, American Psychologist

“If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.” - Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Founder of Success Magazine

“If you don't risk anything you risk even more.” - Erica Jong

“If you envy successful people, you create a negative force field of attraction that repels you from ever doing the things that you need to do to be successful. If you admire successful people, you create a positive force field of attraction that draws you toward becoming more and more like the kinds of people that you want to be like.” - Brian Tracy, American Trainer, Speaker, Author & Businessman

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” - Jim Rohn

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.” - Mary Pickford

“If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.” - Joe DiMaggio

“If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin.” - Katharine Butler Hathaway, American Author

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” - Robert Fritz

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” - Peace Pilgrim, 1908-1981, American Peace Activist

“If you really want to do something, you'll find a way; if you don't, you'll find an excuse.” - unknown

“If you think you are beaten, you are, if you think you dare not, you don't. If you would like to win but you think you can't, It's almost certain you won't. If you think you'll lose, you've lost, For out in the world we find, Success begins with a fellow's will - It's all in the state of mind. If you think you're outclassed, you are, You've got to think high to rise, You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man, but soon or late, the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can!” - Waler D. Wintle, The Man who Thinks He Can

“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” - Thomas Watson Sr., Founder of IBM

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.” - Glenn Clark

“If you're not big enough to lose, you're not big enough to win.” - Walter Reuther

“I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd US President

“I'm tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” - Madonna

“Imagination is the spark that ignites the fire of creativity.” - Richard Laurence Peterson

“Imitation is the best compliment.” - Chika Onyeani

“Implement only those solutions which work.” - M.D.

“In a study of 2,036 scientists throughout history, Simonton found that the most respected produced not only more great works, but also more "bad" ones. They produced. Period.” - Doug Hall

“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. After all, if we do the wrong thing, at least we can learn.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“In education the appetite does indeed grow with eating. I have never known anyone to abandon study because they knew too much.” - John C. Polanyi, Scientist, 1989

“In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.” - John Ruskin, 1819-1900, English Philosopher

“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“In knowing how to overcome little things, a centimeter at a time, gradually when bigger things come, you're prepared.” - Katherine Dunham, American Dancer

“In life, your attitude determines your altitude.” - unknown

“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.” - Shunryu Suzuki

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein

“In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.” - Henry Miller, 1891-1980, American Author

“Independence is happiness.” - Susan B. Anthony

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs, Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” - Albert Einstein

“Insecurity breeds greatness. To get to the top in virtually anything today, you really have to make a superhuman effort. You won't ever find a superachiever anywhere who wasn't or isn't motivated, at least partially, by a sense of insecurity.” - Ted Turner

“Insults are effective only where emotion is present.” - Spock, Who Mourns for Adonais? stardate 3468.1.

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

“It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.” - Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German Philosopher

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” - Andre Gide

“It is better to correct your own faults than those of another.” - Democritus, 460-370 BC, Greek Philosopher

“It is better to die in the sustained effort to reach your goals, than to die from fear of not even venturing.” - Chika Onyeani

“It is better to have a hen tomorrow than an egg today.” - unknown

“It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think.” - Henri Frederic Amiel, 1821-1881, Swiss Philosopher & Poet

“It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” - Al Batt

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.” - General Douglas MacArthur

“It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.” - Christina, Queen of Sweden

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Eliot, 1819-80, Victorian Novelist

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” - L.P. Sanadhya

“It is not enough to have great qualities, we should also have the management of them.” - Francois de La Rochefoucald, 1613-1680, French Writer

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out where the strong man stumbled, or where a doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, and who comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. The man who at best knows the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who never knew victory or defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, 26th President of the United States (1901-1909)

“It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.” - Henry Ward Beecher

“It is not what we have but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance.” - John Petit-Senn, 1792-1870, French Poet

“It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.” - A. C. Benson

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” - William James, 1842-1910, American Psychologist & Author

“It is the 'follow through' that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure, because it is so easy to stop.” - Charles F. Kettering

“It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.” - Claude Bernard, 1813-1878, French Physiologist

“It is what you will do today that matters, not what you may do tomorrow.” - M.D.

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.” - Warren Buffett

“It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad.” - Jimmy Buffett, Tale From Margartaville (Hardcourt)

“It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application.” - Samuel Smiles, 1812-1904, Scottish Author

“It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” - W. Somerset Maugham

“It's about the life in your years, not the years in your life.” - unknown

“It's cooler to do than be recognized.” - M.D.

“It's easier to invent the future than to predict it.” - Alan Kay

“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” - Bill Gates

“It's hard to detect good luck - it looks so much like something you've earned.” - Frank A. Clark

“It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.” - Albert Einstein

“It's not whether you win or lose, it's whether you win.” - Trump The Game, Donald Trump's board game

“It's often uncomfortable, but in the long run it makes more sense to deal with reality” - Michael Abrash

“I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

“I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” - Brian Tracy, American Trainer, Speaker, Author & Businessman

“Joy does not come from outside. Whatever happens to us, it is within.” - Michael Norwood, Author of The Wealthy Soul

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.” - Brian Tracy, American Trainer, Speaker, Author & Businessman

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain

“Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” - Roger W. Babson, statistician, columnist

“Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly.” - Plutarch, AD 46-120, Greek Essayist

“Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.” - Goethe

“Lack of money is the root of all evil.” - George Bernard Shaw

“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.” - Dr. Robert Jarvik

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” - Albert Einstein

“Learn to do things right and then do them right every time.” - Bobby Knight

“Learn to do things right and then do them right every time.” - Bobby Knight

“Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival.” - W. Edwards Deming

“Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.” - W. Edwards Deming, 1900-1993, Business Innovator

“Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.” - Albert Einstein

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” - Rabindranath Tagore

“Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.” - Louisa May Alcott, 1832-1888, American Author

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it!” - Mother Teresa

“Life is not holding a good hand; Life is playing a poor hand well.” - Danish proverb

“Life is not so much a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes of playing a poor hand weel.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

“Life responds to deserve and not to need.” - Jim Rohn

“Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.” - Samuel Smiles

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.” - Harold B. Melchart

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.” - Margaret Thatcher

“Losers define themselves by what they own. Winners define themselves by what they do.” - M.D.

“Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.” - Rob Gilbert

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” - Lucille Ball

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” - Darrell Royal, in James A. Michener, Sports in America, 1976

“Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.” - unknown

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only for wallowing in.” - Katherine Mansfield, 1888-1923, British Author

“Make progress one time and it makes you happy. Make progress day after day, week after week and it makes you a champion.” - Greg Werner, Strength & Conditioning Coach

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is for you.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, American Poet & Essayist

“Man fears what he does not understand.” - unknown

“Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given.” - Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian Dramatist & Writer

“Man is what he believes.” - Anton Chekhov

“Man's biggest mistake is to believe that he's working for someone else.” - Nashua Cavalier, American Author

“Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.” - Juvenal, c.55-c.130, Roman Poet

“Many people start a business only to make money. Just to make money is not a strong enough mission.” - Robert Kiyosaki

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” - Syrus

“Martin Luther King did not say, "I have a strategic plan." Instead, he shouted, "I have a DREAM!," and, he created a crusade.” - unknown

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Men at sometime are the masters of their fate.” - William Shakespeare

“Men may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” - Lewis Cass, 1782-1866, American Politician

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” - Sophia Loren, Italian Actress

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

“Most people do not believe that wealth is a lifestyle choice within their control. Indeed, many believe the only way they'll get rich is by winning the lottery or robbing a bank... Ignore these pessimists!"” - Corey Rudl, Internet Marketer

“Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success.” - H. Ross Perot

“Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.” - Albert Einstein

“Most people want to tell you how difficult life is so they can fail with dignity.” - unknown

“Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.” - Bruce Barton

“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.” - Ben Franklin

“My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” - Montaigne

“Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.” - Cicero

“Nature gave men two ends - one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.” - George R. Kirkpatrick

“Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Never forget to dream.” - Madonna

“Never let your sense of morals keep you from doing what is right.” - Isaac Asimov

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” - unknown

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” - George S. Patton

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” - George Washington Carver

“No art, however minor, demands less than total dedication if you want to excel in it.” - Alberti, arguably the archetype of the Renaissance Man

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” - Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919, Scottish-born American industrialist, philanthropist

“No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or "get rich" in business by being a conformist.” - J. Paul Getty

“No one ever achieved greatness by playing it safe.” - Harry Gray

“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.” - Agnes De Mille, 1909-1993, American Dancer

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” - James Baldwin, 1924-1987, American Author & Civil Rights Activist

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” - Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” - Calvin College, 30th President of the USA

“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” - Ralph Blum, Author

“Nothing is so easy as to deceive oneself; for what we wish, we readily believe.” - Demosthenes

“Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve.” - Eric Butterworth

“Nothing succeeds like success.” - unknown

“Nothing will ever be attained if all possible objections must first be overcome.” - unknown

“Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better… or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Obstacles are necessary for success because victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off our goal.” - Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Entrepreneur

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” - Helen Keller

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” - Arthur Ashe

“One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.” - Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1878-1969, American Theologian

“One must know oneself, if this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.” - Blaise Pascal

“One of life's problems is not that we aim too high and fail. But rather that we aim too low and succeed.” - Joe Segal

“One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.” - P. J. O'Rourke, American Author & Commentator

“One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.” - Albert Einstein

“One worthwhile task carried to a successful completion is worth a hundred half-finished tasks.” - B. C. Forbes

“Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” - Henry Ward Beecher

“One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.” - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Only a monomaniac gets anything done.” - Albert Einstein

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” - Albert Einstein

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Eliot

“Open your mind up to things that have no connection with the problem you're trying to solve: subscribe to an unusual magazine; spend a morning at an elementary school; go to work two hours early; test drive an exotic car; attend a city council meeting; ...try an Indonesian recipe.” - Roger von Oech

“Opportunities? They are all around us... there is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.” - Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Founder of Success Magazine

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. It is astonishing how many have difficulty in putting their brains definitely and systematically to work....” - Thomas Edison

“Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.” - B. C. Forbes

“Opportunity... often it comes in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.” - Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

“Optimism is important. You have to be a little silly about the goals you are going to set. There is a phrase I learned in college called, 'having a healthy disregard for the impossible.' That is a really good phrase. You should try to do things that most people would not do.” - Larry Page, co-founder of Google

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” - Helen Keller, 1880-1968, American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, & Motivator

“Our doubts are traitors and cause us to miss the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” - William Shakespeare

“Our greatest happiness in life does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd US President

“Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.” - Charles F. Kettering

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968, American Civil Right Leader

“Our mind is like a window, close it too tight and it will never open again.” - Vincent Duncombe

“Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” - John F. Kennedy

“Our vision, which has not changed since the day the company was founded.” - Bill Gates, (response when asked to explain the astounding success of Microsoft)

“People have to want to change before there's any chance of helping them do so.” - Jakob Nielsen, Corporate Usability Maturity

“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.” - Albert Einstein

“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” - George E. Allen

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” - Dale Carnegie

“People seldom become famous for what they say until after they are famous for what they've done.” - Cullen Hightower

“People with goals succeed, because they know where they're going.” - Earl Nightingate

“Perseverance and failure cannot coexist. Failure happens when you quit.” - unknown

“Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” - Calvin Coolidge

“Persistence is a greater indicator of success than IQ.” - Crystal Jonas Bevans

“Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else.” - Nathaniel Branden, American Psychologist & Philosopher

“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” - Jonathan Kozol

“Plan for the future because that's where you are going to spend the rest of your life.” - Mark Twain

“Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.” - Madonna

“Positive energy attracts positive things.” - Misty

“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for every one, best both for the body and the mind.” - Albert Einstein

“Pride is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.” - unknown

“Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions.” - Roger Babson, 1875-1967, Founder of Babson College

“Quality is never an accident… it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” - Willa A. Foster

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

“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” - unknown

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” - Mortimer J. Adler, American Educator & Philosopher

“Real artists ship.” - Steve Jobs

“Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going.” - Laurence J. Peter

“Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.” - William A. Ward

“Reflect upon you present blessings, of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” - Charles Dickens, 1812-1870, English Novelist

“Regarding the struggles with motivation in accomplishing any goal, from obtaining wealth to improving one's health, it is what you will do today that matters, not what you may do tomorrow. We forever experience life in the present time and it is only the present time, today, we can control to affect the future.” - M.D.

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is consolable.” - Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986, American Journalist & Author

“Remember that adversity presents us with numerous possibilities for success, if we are just willing to see them.” - Lou Holtz, USC Head Coach

“Remember that the only time you really lose is when you're not giving it 100 percent.” - H. Jackson Brown

“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.” - Socrates

“Resolve to succeed. The greatest discovery one can make is that nothing is impossible.” - unknown

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, American Poet & Essayist

“Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. I believe that restlessness is discontent, and discontent is merely the first necessity of progress....” - Thomas Edison

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” - Demosthenes

“Smart people learn from their own mistakes. Very smart people learn from other people's mistakes.” - unknown

“Society is joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner's success as a means for the attainment of his own.” - Ludwig von Mises, 1881-1973, Austrian Economist & Author

“Some make it happen, some watch it happen, and some say, "What happened?"” - unknown

“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” - George Bernard Shaw

“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.” - Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister

“Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.” - Henry Van Dyke

“Sometimes success is just a matter of hanging on.” - unknown

“Sometimes the subconscious mind manifests a wisdom several steps or even years ahead of the conscious mind, and has its own way of leading us toward our destiny.” - Nathaniel Branden, American Author

“Sometimes when you think its the end, its really a new beginning.” - Colt

“Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done.” - Madonna

“Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” - Charles (Reader) Bukowski

“Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - Francis of Assisi

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - St. Francis of Assisi

“Start writing a new chapter, for if you live by the book you'll never make history.” - Ben Sobel

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” - Albert Einstein

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted.” - David Bly

“Success doesn't come to you… you go to it.” - Marva Collins

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” - Arthur Ashe

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.” - Bill Gates

“Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.” - An Wang, 1920-1990, Founder of Wang Laboratories

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” - Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965

“Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.” - Earl Wilson

“Success is the ability to continue to move through total disaster.” - Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister

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

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” - Booker T. Washington

“Success requires first expending 10 units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce 10 units of results with each unit of effort.” - Charles J. Givens, American Businessman, Author & Trainer

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” - William Feather

“Success will not lower its standard to us. We must raise our standard to success.” - Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr.

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” - G. K. Nielson

“Take full responsibility for your success.” - M.D.

“Take responsibility for your actions. Don't blame society, your parents, or anyone - or thing - else.” - Fred Anderson

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“The 80/20 principle describes productivity: 20% of effort produces 80% of total results, and vice-versa. A simpler ratio describes persistence: 100% of effort produces 100% of total results.” - M.D.

“The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.” - Robert J. Shiller, Irrational Exuberance

“The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.” - Thomas Kempis, 1379-1471, German Religious Writer

“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” - Joseph Joubert

“The amount of resistance to something is equal to the potential for gain.” - Allan Hunkin, Founder of Success-Talk

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” - Emile Zola

“The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably thought and act.” - Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Founder of Success Magazine

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” - Bob Moawad

“The best is the enemy of the good.” - Voltaire

“The best way to live life to the fullest everyday is to make as many decisions as possible about the future -- yesterday.” - Daniel A. Feerst, American Publisher

“The best way to realize the pleasure of feeling rich is to live in a smaller house than your means would entitle you to have.” - Edward Clarke

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

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

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast; the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'.” - Rodney Trembel

“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.” - Leo Buscaglia, 1924-1998, American Lecturer & Author

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” - Winston Churchill

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem--he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.” - William Arthur Ward

“The final forming of a person's character lies in his own hands.” - Anne Frank

“The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams.” - Sidney Madwed, American Speaker & Poet

“The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed.” - Nelson Boswell

“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.” - Thomas Edison

“The foolish seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” - unknown

“The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.” - Matthew Arnold, God and the Bible,' 1875

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” - unknown

“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” - Albert Einstein

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of other; it is in yourself alone.” - Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Founder of Success Magazine

“The great difference between those who succeed and those who fail does not consist in the amount of work done by each but in the amount of intelligent work.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“The great successful men of the world have used their imagination ... they think ahead and create their mental picture in all it details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building -- steadily building.” - Robert Collier

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” - Michelangelo

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.” - William James, 1842-1910, American Psychologist & Author

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” - unknown

“The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.” - Gordon Parks

“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.” - Brian Tracy, American Trainer, Speaker, Author & Businessman

“The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.” - Ernest Dimnet, 1866-1954, French Clergyman

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” -, unknown

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” - Thomas Paine

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.” - Charles Schwab

“The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.” - Dave Chappelle, during Oprah Winfrey interview

“The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.” - William F. Scolavino

“The highest reward for a person's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.” - John Ruskin

“The horizon of many people is a circle with a radius of zero. They call this their point of view.” - Albert Einstein

“The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that cannot learn, unlearn, relearn.” - Alvin Toffler, American Author

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” - Charles Du Bos

“The key to wasting time is distraction.” - Paul Graham, What You'll Wish You'd Known, January 2005

“The life of a high achiever is one of risk and reward, one of sowing and reeping, and/or one of straining and growing. Nothing great will happen unless you first take a risk, sow the right seed, and/or strain through resistance. Get started and make your dreams come true.” - Greg Werner, Strength & Conditioning Coach

“The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time.” - W.J. Davison

“The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time.” - W.J. Davison

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

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” - Mark Twain

“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” - Helen Keller, 1880-1968, American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, & Motivator

“The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.” - Lloyd Jones, 1899-1981, Welsh Theologian

“The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The more specific your vision is, the better your chances of making it a reality.” - Fred Anderson

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” - Oprah Winfrey, American TV Personality, Actress & Author

“The most damaging phrase in the language is, "It's always been done that way".” - Admiral Grace Hopper, 1906-1992

“The most important thing about goals is having one.” - Geoffry F. Abert

“The next year will pass whether you make a decision to change yourself or not.” - Fred Anderson

“The obstacles you face are mental barriers which can be broken by adopting a more positive approach.” - Clarence Blasier

“The only honest measure of your success is what you are doing compared to your true potential.” - Paul J. Meyer

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The only person who cannot be helped is that person who blames others.” - Carl Rogers

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn ... and change.” - Carl Rogers

“The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.” - Albert Einstein

“The only things in your control are your thoughts and then your actions. Positive, powerful thoughts lead to positive, powerful actions, and when done with repeated consistency this cycle leads to greatness. Dream it! Pray for it! Believe it! Work for it! And then be ready when it happens!” - Greg Werner, Strength & Conditioning Coach

“The only time you cannot afford to fail is the last time you try.” - Charles Kettering

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” - Arthur C. Clarke, Science Fiction Author

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

“The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.” - David J. Schwartz, American Trainer & Author

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” - Chinese Proverb

“The person you are tomorrow depends on the person you live like today. What kind of person do you want to be tomorrow? Are you living to be that person?” - Fred Anderson

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” - Sir Winston Churchill

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“The price of success is perseverance. The price of failure comes cheaper.” - unknown

“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

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

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” - Robert Frost

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” - George Bernard Shaw

“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” - Elbert Hubbard

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” - Harold Taylor

“The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.” - Wang Yang-Ming

“The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.” - George Bernard Shaw

“The show must go on.” - unknown

“The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.” - Andrew Ross, American Author

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.” - Duguet

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind.” - Napoleon Hill

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results.” - Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

“The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It's still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.” - David Joseph Schwartz

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

“The transformation begins simply, with nothing more than a decision to raise your standards and no longer accept the life you've been living.” - Fred Anderson

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American Civil Rights Leader

“The value of action is that we make mistakes; mistakes show us what we need to learn.” - Peter McWilliams, American Author

“The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do that counts.” - Booker T. Washington

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” - Albert Einstein

“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” - Helen Keller, 1880-1968, American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, & Motivator

“The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.” - J. Harold Wilkins

“There are bigger and better things to do in life than squabbling with losers.” - M.D.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure.” - General Colin Powell

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. I believe in the latter.” - Albert Einstein

“There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” - Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Founder of Success Magazine

“There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.” - Michel de Montaigne

“There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. We all have a choice. You can decide which type of person you want to be. I have always chosen to be in the first group.” - Mary Kay Ash

“There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.” - C. M. Ward

“There are two modes of acquiring knowledge, namely by reasoning and experience. Reasoning draws a conclusion and makes us grant the conclusion, but does not make the conclusion certain, nor does it remove doubt so that the mind may rest on the intuition of truth, unless the mind discovers it by the path of experience.” - Roger Bacon, 1561-1626, English Philosopher

“There is a better way for everything. Find it.” - Thomas Edison

“There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.” - Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English Philosopher

“There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job.” - George Crane

“There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.” - Robert Woodruff

“There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.” - Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Entrepreneur

“There is no normal life, there's just life.” - Doc Holliday, Tombstone (movie)

“There is no such thing as a lucky break without significant action first.” - M.D.

“There is no such thing as an unrealistic goal, just an unrealistic time frame.” - unknown

“There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can't blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people.” - Jan Ashford

“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new...” - Niccolo Macchiavelli, The Prince

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” - Hindu proverb

“There is nothing to fear except fear itself.” - unknown

“There were a lot of missteps in the early days, but because we got in early we got to make more mistakes than other people.” - Bill Gates

“There's no formula for success, but two principles can stand you in good stead: simplify, and keep on trying new things.” - Michael Abrash, Ramblings in Realtime

“There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” - Wayne Dyer

“There's no such thing as Perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - unknown

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.” - Henri Bergson, 1859-1941, French Philosopher

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” - William Butler Yeats

“Thinking you'll fail is a self-fulfilling prophecy.” - M.D.

“Thinking you lack control causes depression. To remind yourself you are in control, accomplish your goals.” - M.D.

“This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths... Once we truly know that life is difficult -- once we truly understand and accept it -- then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” - M. Scott Peck, American Author

“Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.” - unknown

“Those who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others idled, have persevered while others gave up in despair, have practiced ...the valuable habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of purpose.” - Grenville Kleiser

“Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice.” - Minna Thomas Antrim

“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.” - Ayn Rand

“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.” - Anatole France

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” - Anatole France, 1844-1924, French Author

“To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract.” - Jim Rohn

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” - Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915 American Publisher

“To be a winner, all you need to give is all you have.” - unknown

“To be is to do.” - Descartes

“To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you somebody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” - E.E. Cummings, 1894-1962, American Poet & Author

“To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832, German Playwright

“To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.” - Bunker Hunt

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.” - Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894 Scottish Author & Poet

“To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.” - Bernard Edmonds

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” - Henri Bergson, 1859-1941

“To feel controlled is to lose interest.” - Alfie Kohn

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce, Author & Public Speaker

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. This is to be my symphony.” - William Henry Channing, 1810-1884, American Writer

“To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.” - Honore De Balzac, 1799-1850, French Journalist & Writer

“To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?” - Katherine Graham

“To play it safe is not to play.” - Robert Altman

“To win or lose. To love or hate. To try or quit. To risk or withdraw. To accelerate or hesitate. To dream or stagnate. To open or close. To succeed or fail. To live or die. Everyone of these starts with a CHOICE.” - Snowden McFall, Author and Professional Speaker

“Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Too many people get caught up in the noise of everyday life to truly hear the symphony of what life is really all about.” - Robert Werner

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” - Roger Lewin

“Treat your portfolio as a job.” - Lee3dee, Epic Games Forums

“Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.” - James Buckham

“Try to name a true success story that involves someone giving up before the job was done.” - Wess Roberts

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” - M. Scott Peck

“Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction.” - Charles J. Givens, American Businessman, Author & Trainer

“Using passion as your only fuel will no more assure you of success than being in love will ensure a successful long-term relationship.” - Steve Pavlina, Passion vs. Self-Discipline

“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.” - Louis L'Amour

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” - Joel A. Barker, American Businessman, Consultant & Author

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” - Frank Outlaw

“We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.” - Blaise Pascal

“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die, because they are never going to be born. The number of people who could be here, in my place, out number the sand grains in the Sahara. If you think about all the different ways in which our genes could be permuted, you and I are quite grotesquely lucky to be here. The number of events that had to happen in order for you to exist, in order for me to exist... we are privileged to be alive and nd we should make the most of our time on this world.” - Richard Dawkins

“We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.” - William Osler, 1849-1919, Canadian Physician

“We are what we repeatedly do.” - Aristotle

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

“We don't need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need is to use what we have.” - Basil S. Walsh

“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.” - Anais Nin

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.” - Carlos Castenada

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi

“We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.” - La Rochefoucauld

“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.” - Frank Tibolt

“We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” - Margaret Atwood

“We weren't trying to just go public and get rich. There was no near-term thing. It always was this many-decades thing where there were no shortcuts and we'd sort of put one foot in front of the other.” - Bill Gates, (on the early Microsoft days)

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” - C. Malesherbes

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” - Albert Einstein

“Wealth is the product of man's ability to think.” - Ayn Rand

“Well done is better than well said.” - Benjamin Franklin

“What crazy idea do you have down deep inside that makes people chuckle or laugh every time you bring it up? However wild it may be, no matter how many scoff at it, risk a little time and a few bucks. You may be able to demonstrate you were right after all. And you'll be on your way to success.” - Bob McElwain, Internet Entrepreneur

“What I think about, I bring about. The thought of success will foster success. The thought of love will foster love. The thought of security will foster security. What am I thinking about today?” - Rita Davenport

“What keeps so many people back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort.” - Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Founder of Success Magazine

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, American Poet & Essayist

“What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.” - Alexander Graham Bell

“What we say is important for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” - Jim Beggs

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” - John Lubbock

“What would you do different if you knew you could not fail?” - Kim Schmitz, 2002

“What you did in the past, though it might have made you the person you are today, has absolutely no bearing on what you do in the future.” - Fred Anderson

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” - Zig Ziglar

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln

“Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.” - Brian Tracy, American Trainer, Speaker, Author & Businessman

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, do it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” - Goethe

“When a man steals your wife there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.” - Sacha Guitry

“When considering praise or criticism first consider the source.” - Jeff Daly

“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.” - Abraham Lincoln

“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, 1879-1955 American Physicist & Nobel Laureate

“When I got into the PC business [I was told], 'This is the way it's always done. We'll never need a PC. We'll never need audio or video over the Internet… And you shouldn't get so close to your players. And you shouldn't go out there and travel,' Shouldn't, shouldn't, shouldn't — is usually an indication I'm doing things right.” - Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks Owner; Internet Billionaire

“When I was young I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.” - Bernard Shaw

“When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” - Madonna

“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 opened for us.” - Helen Keller, 1880-1968, American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, & Motivator

“When someone attaches unkindness to criticism, she's angry. Angry people need to criticize as an outlet for their anger. That's why you must reject unkind criticism. Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish.” - Barbara Sher, American Author

“When the habitually even-tempered suddenly fly into a passion, that explosion is apt to be more impressive than the outburst of the most violent amongst us.” - Margery Allingham, Death of a Ghost, 1934

“When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen” - Arland Gilbert

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” - Pantanjali

“When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win.” - Ed Macauley

“When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” - Mary Kay Ash

“When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation -- it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.” - Les Brown, American Motivational Speaker, Author & Trainer

“When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.” - R. H. Grant

“When you make a commitment to yourself to live by a new standard, your results are neither accidental nor unforeseen.” - Fred Anderson

“When you take responsibility for your actions, you give yourself immeasurable power.” - Fred Anderson

“Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "Certainly, I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, it is possible to learn something that can enrich our lives and the lives of others... No one's education is ever complete.” - Sir John Templeton

“Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right.” - Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Entrepreneur

“Who you really are, your True Nature, is no more tied to the kind of person you've been than the wind is tied to the skies through which it moves.” - Guy Finley, American Author

“Willpower is unreliable, fickle fuel because it is based on your emotions. Your environment, your schedule and your accountability must be programmed in such a way that all three support you — long after an emotional high is gone.” - Dr. Phil, Seven Steps to Reaching Your Goals

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” - unknown

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.” - Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American Football Coach

“Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.” - King Solomon, c.930 BC

“Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.” - H.G. Brown

“Without distractions it's too obvious to your brain that you're not doing anything with it, and you start to feel uncomfortable.” - Paul Graham, What You'll Wish You'd Known, January 2005

“Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.” - Mary Hemingway

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It uses up all your energy, but where does it get you?” - Bob Gass, Irish Born Minister

“Worry is the misuse of imagination.” - unknown

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.” - A. J. Cronin, Novelist 1896-1981

“Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem.” - Eric Allenbaugh, American Author of "Wake-Up Calls"

“You are not here merely to 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

“You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine.” - Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author & Speaker

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” - James Lane Allen

“You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the road side until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.” - John B. Gough

“You can divide our industry into two kinds of people: those who want to go work for a company to make it successful, and those who want to go work for a successful company.” - Jamie Zawinski, on the computer industry, 1999

“You can never lose what you never had.” - Dican

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.” - Oliver Goldsmith, 1728-1774, Irish Writer

“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.” - Harriet Woods

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” - Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian Writer and Nobel Prize winner

“You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, American Poet & Essayist

“You cannot stop. If there is a concrete wall in front of you, you have to go through it. You can never, ever give up or even think in terms of giving up.” - Donald Trump, Rule #3 of 7 Rules of Success

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” - Galileo, 1564-1642, Italian Astronomer & Mathematician

“You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose.” - Charles Lynch

“You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.” - Henry Ford

“You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.” - Tove Jansson, Tales from Moominvalley, 1963

“You don't just luck into things... You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities.” - Barbara Bush, Former US First Lady

“You have a destination far beyond where you find yourself standing today.” - Guy Finley, American Author

“You have to be born with enough brainpower.” - Donald Trump, Rule #1 of 7 Rules of Success

“You have to love what you're doing. I've never seen anyone succeed who didn't love what they were doing.” - Donald Trump, Rule #2 of 7 Rules of Success

“You have to remain cool under fire and let criticism roll off you. Good leaders handle conflict easily and bad ones are eaten up by it.” - Donald Trump, Rule #6 of 7 Rules of Success

“You know how to take charge of your life and transform yourself into the person you want to be, all you have to do is make the commitment to yourself and believe in yourself enough to keep your commitment.” - Fred Anderson

“You must work well with others and be loyal to your team. Disloyalty is the worst of all traits. I seldom use the words "You're fired!" in business, unless somebody is really scum and stole from me.” - Donald Trump, Rule #7 of 7 Rules of Success

“You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.” - Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, American Author & Achievement Expert

“You only live once.” - unknown

“You should never let your fears become the boundaries of your dreams.” - unknown

“You snooze, you lose.” - unknown

“You want to get rich in order that you may surround yourself with beautiful things, see distant lands, feed your mind, and develop your intellect; in order that you may love others and do kind things, and be able to play a good part in helping the world to find truth.” - Wallace D. Wattles, Author of The Science of Getting Rich

“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” - James Allen

“You will never be a leader unless you first learn to follow and be led.” - Tiorio

“You'll never know what you're capable of doing until you get up and do it.” - Fred Anderson

“You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer, American Psychotherapist, Author & Lecturer

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” - Alan Alda

“Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.” - Frank Tyger

“Your opponent, in the end, is never really the player on the other side of the net, or the swimmer in the next lane, or the team on the other side of the field, or even the bar you must high-jump. Your opponent is yourself, your negative internal voices, your level of determination.” - Grace Lichtenstein, American Author & Editor

“Your parents ask you to follow the standard path: School, job, security. Is this really the best way? I don't think so - be your own boss!” - Kim Schmitz

“Your past is just that, the past, a place within your psyche with no more reality to it then the picture of a castle on a postcard is made from stone.” - Guy Finley, American Author

“Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.” - Marilyn Ferguson

“You've accomplished what you've concentrated on.” - M.D.

 

 

About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $180,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.



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