FAVORITE QUOTES

HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES

Anger

"He who angers you, conquers you."

- Elizabeth Kenny

"Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head."

- Esther Lederer

Attitude

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right. "

- Henry Ford

“Winners focus on winning, losers focus on winners.”

- Unknown

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”

- Kahlil Gibran

“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 Buffet

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

- Benjamin Franklin

“Wherever you are, be all there.”

- Jim Elliot

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

- Thomas Jefferson

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

- Jackie Robinson

Being Positive

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing things that other say you cannot do."

- Walter Bagehot

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world. In fact, it is the only way it ever has."

- Margaret Mead

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”

- Napoleon Hill

Competition / Team

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. "

- African Proverb

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

- Mia Hamm

Complaining

"Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."

- Henry Ford

"A statue has never been set up in honour of a critic."

- Jean Sibelius

"To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing."

- Elbert Hubbard

Discipline / Execution / Decision

"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week."

- George S. Patton

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."

- Theodore Roosevelt

Drive / Motivation

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” 

- Steve Maraboli

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

- Winston Churchill

"Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."

- Liane Cardes

"The signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change. The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency."

- Jim Collins

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."

- Ayn Rand

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily."

- Zig Ziglar

"I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door, or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present."

- Rabindranath Tagore

"Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years."

- Bill Gates

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

- Winston Churchill

"To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing."

- Elbert Hubbard

"Don't find fault, find a remedy. Anybody can complain."

- Henry Ford

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."

- Charles Swindoll

"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near."

- Jack Welch

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."

- Abraham Lincoln

"I would rather die of passion than of boredom."

-Émile Zola

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."

- Alice Walker

"You can't learn in school what the world is going to do next year."

- Henry Ford

“In the end…we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”

- Lewis Carroll

"Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it."

- John Maxwell

“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.”

- Albert Einstein

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”

- Greg S. Reid

1. There Are Two Ways to Do Something … the Right Way and Again
2. We’re Not Going to Stop Until We Get at Least One Quitter
3. Nothing Lasts Forever
4. You Don’t Have to Like It, You Just Have to Do It
5. If You’re Gonna Be Stupid, You Better Be Hard

- Navy SEAL Training

“Nothing in this 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.”

- Calvin Coolidge

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing things that other say you cannot do.”

- Walter Bagehot

A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

- Jim Watkins

“If you don't know what truly motivates you, you really don't know what will satisfy you.”

- Tanya Tarr

“If you're going through hell, keep going.”

- Winston Churchill

Failure / Adversity

"Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts."

- John Wooden

"If we're not failing at something on a regular basis, we're just not trying hard enough."

- Stephen Kaufer

"One of the main causes of failure is giving up what you want most for what you want now."

- Jessie Ahroni

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."

- Charles R. Swindoll

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."

- Abraham Lincoln

"The day before something is a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea."

- Peter Diamandis

"One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat."

- Napoleon Hill

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

- Thomas Edison

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

- Bill Gates

“We need to spend more time making the decision we made the right one, rather than wondering if we made the right decision.”

- Robert Glazer

Focus

"Most people fail in life because they major in minor things."

- Tony Robbins

Funny

"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has limits."

- Alexandre Dumas

Gratitude

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

- John F. Kennedy

Habits / Excellence

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

- Aristotle

"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time."

- Leonard Bernstein

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

- Vince Lombardi

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

- John Dryden

“If I miss a day of practice, I know it. If I miss two days, my manager knows it. If I miss three days, my audience knows it.”

- Andre Previn

“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

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

- Steven Covey

“The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated. Repetition is the key to learning.”

- John Wodden

“He or she who is willing to be the most uncomfortable is not only the bravest but rises the fastest.”

- Brené Brown

"Whatever excites you, go do it. Whatever drains you, stop doing it. If I’m not saying ‘Hell Yeah!’ to something, then I say no."

- David Sivers

Hope / Ideas

"For an idea that does not first seem insane, there is no hope."

- Albert Einstein

Innovation / Personal Development

"If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less."

- General Eric Shinseki

"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near."

- Jack Welch

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

- President Dwight Eisenhower

“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”

- Arthur Ashe

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

- Confucius

“If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less.”

-General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff

“If an idea does not sound absurd, then there’s no hope for it.”

- Albert Einstein

“Praise makes you feel good, critique makes you better.”

- Unknown

“We have been seduced by distraction. We are being pulled away from paying attention to the things that enrich our lives.”

- Daniel Goleman, the author of Focus: the Hidden Driver of Excellence

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

- English proverb

Intelligence

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

“There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”

- Peter Drucker

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

- Salvador Dalí

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

- Albert Einstein

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Leadership

"Leadership is an action, not a position."

- Donald McGannon

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

- John F. Kennedy

"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. "

- Chinese Proverb

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. "

- Sheryl Sandberg

Learning

"You can't learn in school what the world is going to do next year."

- Henry Ford

"Whoever learns fastest, wins."

- Eric Ries

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

- Tao Te Ching

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

- Dale Carnegie

People / Relationships

"If you can't change the people, change the people. "

- Unknown

"Better having a hole in your team than an asshole."

- Tommaso Di Bartolo

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

-Samuel Johnson

"People will forget the things you do, and people will forget the things you say. But people will never forget how you made them feel."

- Maya Angelou

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. "

- Alice Walker

"The longest time in a manager's life is the day between the time they lose faith in someone to the time they do something."

-Unknown

"Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are."

- Walter Isaacson

"He that is convinced against his will, is of his own opinion still."

- Samuel Butler

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

- Henry Thomas Buckle

"At most companies, people spend 2% of their time recruiting and 75% managing their recruiting mistakes."

- Richard Fairbank

Philosophy / Happiness / Passion

"Life is the sum of all of your choices."

- Albert Camus

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

- Mahatma Gandhi

"If it's meant to be, it's up to me."

- William H. Johnsen

"I would rather die of passion than of boredom."

- Émile Zola

"Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried."

-Tim O'Reilly

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”

- Alain de Botton

“Passion without talent is a hobby. Talent without passion is a job, Being passionate about your talent is a calling.”

- Unknown

“Everyone wants to tell you what to do and what’s good for you. They don’t want you to find your own answers, they want you to believe theirs.”

- Socrates

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

- Abraham Lincoln

“Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity."

- Seneca

Principal / Character / Integrity

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

- Winston Churchill

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality."

- Dante Alighieri

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

- Thomas Jefferson

"Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it'll always get you the right ones."

- John Lennon

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."

- Flannery O'Connor

Purpose

"Whatever you are, be a good one."

- William Makepeace Thackeray

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about. "

- Benjamin Franklin

Rustand

"Stress is not an external response."

- Warren Rustand

"No one owes you nothing."

- Warren Rustand

Travel

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. "

- Mark Twain

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

- St. Augustine