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"We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated."
- D.A. Carson

"Ideas are cheap. Action is worth millions."
 - Hilton Johnson

"For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour."
- Mary Kay Ash

The weak can never forgive.... forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Gandhi

"Ideas are cheap. Action is worth millions."
 - Hilton Johnson

"For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour."
- Mary Kay Ash

"An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity."
-Winston Churchill

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
- Walt Disney

 Preach always--use words if necessary.
--St. Francis of Assisi

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci, artist, inventor

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
- Booker T. Washington

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead
- Frank A Clark, author

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
- Theodore Roosevelt

When you start using senses you've neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes. - Barbara Sher, author of 'It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now'

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
- Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises from 1959-1994

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
- Muhammad Ali

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big
dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book

Strive for excellence, not perfection.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
- Joseph Joubert, 1754-1824, French moralist

Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who
do the right thing.
- Warren Bennis, Ph.D.

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance 

- Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784 

People will forget what you said....
People will forget what you did......
But People will never forget how you made them feel!

If you are going through hell, keep going.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Love your enemies, it really gets on their nerves!

The question is not what a man can scorn, or disparage, or find fault with, but what he can love, and value, and appreciate.
- John Ruskin

There are high spots in all our lives and most of them have come through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.
- George Matthew Adams, author

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Procrastination is the fear of success. Rationalization is the fear of failure.
- Denis Waitley , author as heard on Let's Talk Business Network

All cruelty springs from weakness.
- Seneca, Roman philosopher, dramatist and statesman

If my life is fruitless, it doesn't matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn't matter who criticizes me.
- John Bunyan

It is character that communicates most eloquently.
- Stephen Covey, motivationalist

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
- Theodore Roosevelt

In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.
- Margaret Wheatley

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
- James Thurber, author

Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom.  If everyone else is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite  direction.
- Sam Walton of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club fame

"There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry... One of these days is Yesterday.... And the other day I don't worry about is Tomorrow."
-Robert Jones Burdette

No one can manage you if you don't give them permission to do so. But, if you are interested in accomplishing as much as you are capable of, then I believe there are good reasons to grant that permission. 
- David H. Maister in 'True Professionalism'

"There are two ways of spreading the light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it"
- Edith Wharton

Talk does not cook rice.
- Chinese proverb

To make accurate predictions about where business is going, managers  have to go on gut. When innovations are looming, what's worked in the past is a dangerous guide.
- Clayton Christensen interviewed in Business 2.00 magazine.

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going... It's as simple as that.
- Earl Nightingale

Weakness fixing might prevent failure, but strength building leads to excellence. Focus on strength, and manage around weaknesses.
- Marcus Buckingham

Freedom is the greatest when the ground rules are clear. Chalk out the playing field and say, Within those lines, make any decisions you need.
- Dick Brown, chairman and CEO of EDS

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
- Sir Cecil Beaton

Don't screen people out. Those who appear powerless or insignificant may be stars waiting to rise. Someday, they may become key nodes in your network--and create a huge opportunity for you
. - Tim Sanders, Yahoo Chief Solutions Officer, in Fast Company magazine.

Difficulties increase the nearer we approach our goal.
- Goethe

Bryan Dyson, the former CEO of Coca-Cola explained that he feels we juggle 5 different balls: a health ball, a family ball, a friends ball, a work ball and a spirituality ball...Four of the five are made out of crystal. If we drop them, they're going to shatter. Only one ball is made out of rubber and bounces back: the work ball.
- Carol Gallagher, Ph.D.

Don't just build a better candle -- electrify!
- Terry Brock,

Ethics, in the end, is not something we do. It is something we become.
- Art Kleiner in Strategy + Business

That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.
- Chinese proverb

Search [for Excellence] was about people, customers, and action. Twenty years later, it's about ideas, liberation, and speed. We've ratcheted everything up several notches. It's not just people anymore. It's people paying attention to people, it's free agents, it's the power of good ideas that passionate, motivated fully engaged people can generate.
- Tom Peters in Fast Company

In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can  to all the people we can in all the ways we can.
- William Barclay, Scottish Religious Author

Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it.... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180) , Roman emperor

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals

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

Difficult people are the greatest teachers.
- Pema Chodron

While we wait for tomorrow, we must act for today.
- Mani Sivasubramanian, CEO

Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein, writer

The trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so.
- Josh Billings

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

"It's what you learn after you know it all that matters."
-- The Carolina Farmer 

I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
- Tom Landry, US football coach

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill (1874-1965)

“The best counsel I can give is the advice a friend wrote to a young man who had just been promoted: "Keep on doing what it took to get started."
-John L. McCaffery

 “Peace is not made at the council tables, or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.”
-Herbert Hoover

The first two letters of the word goal spell "GO.”
-Eleanor Doan

Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.
- Frank Tyger

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a  difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
- Warren G. Bennis

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."
-Calvin Coolidge

Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.
- unknown

Fear Knocked, Faith Answered.
- unknown

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
- Woodrow Wilson

Perseverance: Fight the tendency to quit while you're behind.
- Dave Weinbaum

I will go anywhere as long as it is forward.
- David Livingston

Our strength is seen in the things we stand for; our weakness is seen in the things we fall for. 
- Theodore Epp

Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.
- The Midrash

A "no" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a "yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Gandhi

Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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.
- Sydney J. Harris, Quoted in the Reader's Digest

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love, it is the prerogative of the brave.
- Gandhi

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

"My intention always has been to arrive at human contact without enforcing authority. A musician, after all, is not a military officer. What matter most is human contact. The great mystery of making music requires real friendship among those who work together. Every member of the orchestra knows I am with him and her in my heart."
Carlos Maria Giulini--first professional conductor to lead an orchestra at Ambassador Auditorium 

Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.
- Robert Half

Ideas will only get you so far these days. Count on personal relationships to carry you farther. The new economy is not just about the exchange of information. It's about the exchange of relationships.
- Pam Alexander, CEO Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations

By nurturing your personal relationships to help people excel, you build exponential impact in the marketplace. Ultimately, their success is your success.
- Pam Alexander, CEO Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations, in Fast Company Magazine

Nothing important was ever achieved without someone taking a chance.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

To get your message out, count on personal networks. Relationships are the most powerful form of media.
- Pam Alexander, CEO Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations, in Fast Company Magazine

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. 
- Sam Ewig

The job of a good leader is to articulate a vision that others are inspired to follow.
- Lorraine Monroe of The School Leadership Academy, in Fast Company Magazine

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
- William James

The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.
- Fred A. Manske, Jr.

"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"
 -Alexander Solzhenitsyn, novelist, Nobel laureate (1918- )

Companies producing change are the only ones that you see in the marketplace -- whether it's technological change, programmatic change, or territorial change.
- Bruce Mau, founder Bruce Mau Design, Inc. in FAST COMPANY magazine

Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.
- Glenda Cloud

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
- Albert Camus

We've already moved from management to leadership--and we're about to go beyond leadership to inspiration.
- Kevin Roberts in Fast Company

In the 21st century, organizations have to achieve peak performance through inspiration by unleashing the power of their people--not by leading them, not by managing them, but by inspiring them. 
- Kevin Roberts, CEO Saatchi & Saatchi, in Fast Compan

Folks don't like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do. It aggravates them. You're not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves.

 Real communication happens when people feel safe.
- Ken Blanchard, The Heart of a Leader

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Life is a sort of splendid torch which I've got to hold up for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

Leaders who use the heavy hand of persuasion in their desire to get things done are perceived as manipulative, pushy, and controlling. Inspiration, on the other hand, motivates people to function as adults.
- Don Posterski & Gary Nelson in Future Faith Churches

It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, 'How good or bad am I?' That's where the courage comes in. 
- Erma Bombeck

A lot of our 'busy-ness' is a way for us to avoid thinking about what is most important. There's a difference between being busy and being productive. 
- Kristen Lippincott in Fast Company.

A smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head and the heating system of the heart.

Confidence is the result of hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.
- Roger Staubach

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

The skilled and confident communicator opens doors, builds new relationships, serves others effectively and enhances one's own leadership.
- Craig Harrison

Enlightened trial and error outperforms the planning of flawless intellects.
- David Kelley, founder & CEO of Ideo Product Development

In healthy communities of the future, the old spirit of competition will give way to the power of collaboration. Society is too complex for individuals to go it alone anymore. As the generations establish common ground, they will learn to appreciate one another for their disparate talents. 
- Lewis Jaffe, found of 21st Century Networking, in FAST COMPANY magazine

"If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are."
--Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Tell me how much you know of the sufferings of your fellow men and I will tell you how much you love them."
--Helmut Thielicke, German theologian and preacher

"He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality."
-Anwar Sadat

Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

No one is less ready for tomorrow than the person who holds the most rigid beliefs about what tomorrow will contain.
- Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor, & Howard Means in THE VISIONARY'S HANDBOOK (Harper-Business)

The one thing that doesn't go away in a company is the character and humanity of its leader.... that person has to be the best listener, the best interpreter, and the most passionate driver of the company's purpose.
- Mary Lou Quinlan, vice chairman of the McManus Group, in FAST COMPANY magazine

Most plans are organized and communicated according to marketplace logic. But people don't listen for marketplace logic; they listen for meaning and purpose.... The role of a leader is to create an experience that will inspire people to take action. 
- Bill Jensen, author & consultant, quoted in FAST COMPANY magazine

It is our duty to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The best leaders operate in four dimensions: vision, reality, ethics, and courage.
- Peter Koestenbaum, Philosopher, quoted in FAST COMPANY magazine

The bottom line is that leadership shows up in the inspired action of others. We traditionally have assessed leaders themselves. But maybe we should assess leadership by the degree which people around leaders are inspired.
- Dr. Jack Weber, Professor of Management, University of Virginia

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Plato

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped 
- African Proverb

The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storms.
- Nelson Mandela

No gift is complete until it is passed on.
- Gerry Spence, attorney, in The Toastmaster.

When you know what you can control versus what you cannot control, that allows you degrees of freedom.
- Helena Cronin in Fast Company, Nov.1999

Success: The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.
- Mother Theresa

Few men have been admired by their own domestics.
- Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

You can't be afraid of what people will say. You have to be brave and take risks.
- Charles M. Shulz

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.
- Dee Hock

Don't believe everything you think.
- anon

You do not HAVE to be angry just because you have the right to be angry.
- Phillip C. McCraw in Life Strategies.

"I don't deny your existence"

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

People do not follow uncommitted leaders. Commitment can be displayed in a full range of matters to include the work hours you choose to maintain, how do you work to improve your abilities, or what you do for your fellow workers at personal sacrifice.
- Stephen Greg, Chairman & CEO of Ethix Corp.

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, Industrialist

There are two rules of success:
     1. Don't tell everything you know
- Frank Vizzare

Almost anyone can stand adversity. To test a person's character, give him or her power. 
- Abraham Lincoln

When God puts you on "hold" don't hang up.
- church marquee

The problem with being a good sport is that you have to lose in order to prove it.
- overheard at Rotary meeting

Jingshen is the Mandarin word for spirit and vivacity. It is an important word for those who would lead, because above all things, spirit and vivacity set effective organizations apart from those that will decline and die. 
- James L. Hayes, Memos for Management: Leadership, 1983

We know that people we love are both good and bad, but we expect strangers to be one or the other.
- Author Russell Banks

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
- Jesse Jackson

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. 
- Marian Anderson

There are strengths in both the old and the new style of leadership, and what's most important is for women and men to learn from each other. 
- Karen Friend, Pres., Friend Communication

True leaders are those who lead by example rather than by intimidation. The whole point of leadership is having power with people--not lording it over them.
- Donna Karlin, Personal-development Trainer

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success. 
- Stephen R. Covey, Principle-centered Leadership

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. 
- Harry S Truman (1884-1972)

There is no such thing as too late in life.
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.
- Orsen Swett Marden

A problem is your chance to do your best.
- Duke Ellington

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
- Wayne Gretzsky

Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash.
- Harriet Rubin

Good basic communication is good basic marketing.
- Harry Beckwith in 'Selling the Invisible,' p.177

There is no security on this earth, only opportunity.
- General Douglas McArthur

The greatest leaders are the greatest servants of those they lead and by the willingness to serve the people he/she leads. True leaders inspire those they lead to a common worthy purpose. True leaders admit their mistakes and confront the difficult issues of life.
- Jimmy Levene, ETHIX, Scottsdale, AZ (USA)

A leader must be flexible, far seeing, enthusiastic, energetic and never cease to believe in the vast, untapped talents of those with whom s/he works. A leader needs to know when to be positive, and how to offer constructive criticism while still being tactful. A leader needs to have his/her tasks clearly defined with a vision and a purpose before beginning to tackle a challenge. All of these characteristics are necessary in order to truly motivate people and inspire them to seek the motivation and energy within themselves.
- Allisa Arnold, International School of Brussels

A person totally wrapped up in himself makes a small package.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

If you give people the space and the support to learn and to change, they will.
- Eric Hippeau, Chairman and CEO, Ziff-Davis, Inc.

The process of unlearning traditional ways of approaching and solving problems takes time and it's hard.
- Peter Jablow, Senior VP and COO, National Public Radio

The first task of a leader is to define reality. The last task is to say "thank you," and in between he's a servant. 
- Max De Pree, cited by Warren Bennis, 'Reinventing Leadership,' p.16

Really believe in your heart of hearts that your fundamental purpose, the reason for being, is to enlarge the lives of others. Your life will be enlarged also. And all of the other things we have been taught to concentrate on will take care of themselves. 
- Pete Thigpen, Executive Reserves

Personal responsibility can exist only if people have free will and if they exercise it. Personal responsibility cannot exist independent of choice. In personally choosing to act, individuals are saying explicitly or implicitly, "I will accept the consequences of my actions." The credibility-strengthening process hinges upon the belief that we human beings are personally accountable for our own actions. People are held accountable against the standard of shared values upon which we have agreed. Ignoring this precept, as many leaders have in not accepting the consequences of their own actions, contributes to people's increased cynicism.
- J.M.Kouzes & B.Z.Posner, 'Credibility' p.252

Values serve a number of important functions. They are standards that guide our conduct in a variety of settings and situations. Through them, we can take positions on issues, actively choose our policies, and evaluate ours and others' actions, beliefs, and attitudes.
- James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, 'Credibility' p.61

There are three types of executives in the world. There are those who can get short-term results and haven't a clue where they're going to take the company in the future. Conversely, there are those who have a great ten-year plan but are going to be out of business in ten months. And then there are those who can get short-term results in conjunction with a vision for the future. These are the good ones. But they are in unbelievably short supply.
- Al Dunlap, former Chairman and CEO of Scott Paper Co.

The manager's job is to make human strength effective and human weakness irrelevant.
- Peter F. Drucker

An authentic leader acts in ways which serve to elevate those around him.
 - Sean M. Georges

There is a big difference between being an organization with a vision statement and becoming a truly visionary organization.
 - Jim Collins

A strong leader makes decisions. Whether they are right or wrong, they get made, and they are clear. A weak executive dilly-dallies and gives false signals, leaving subordinates to charge off in different directions.
 - Harvey Mackay, of monogrammed cuffs, ego size and leadership

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

I know you're busy and have a lot of important things to do today for so many people today. Here's a way to cut one corner and make more time: skip your prayer.
- Satan

Half of the harm that is done in the world is due to people who want to feel important.
 -  T.S. Eliot 

The only person who listens to both sides of an argument is the fellow in the next apartment.
- Ruth Brown

Act as though it were impossible to fail.
 - Winston Churchill

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
 - James D. Miles

"Next time Satan reminds you of your past, just remind him of his future."
- Bumper sticker     

And because we set up life so it hurts, most of us hurt a lot!!
 - Anon

Anyone can have a good day. The question is what do you do on a bad day. That's when you're being tested. In a very tangible sense, a bad day shows your innermost essence more than a good day. 
 - Arthur Golden

Much of our suffering is useless: it is unknowingly created by us  through unenlightened, unintelligent use of our human capacities. We misperceive the external world and our own deeper desires and nature, act in a way that is contrary to the realities of our situation, and then reap the unpleasant consequences. Within-state enlightenment leads to more realistic perception of the world and ourselves: consequently we can engage in more effective action that can eliminate much useless suffering.
- Chartes T. Tart, Ph.D.

You should not confuse your career with your life.
 - Dave Barry

What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise.
 - Kitty O'Neill Collins

Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty.
- John Finley

And because we set up life so it hurts, most of us hurt a lot!!
 - Anon

Anyone can have a good day. The question is what do you do on a bad day. That's when you're being tested. In a very tangible sense, a bad day shows your innermost essence more than a good day. 
 - Arthur Golden

Much of our suffering is useless: it is unknowingly created by us  through unenlightened, unintelligent use of our human capacities. We misperceive the external world and our own deeper desires and nature, act in a way that is contrary to the realities of our situation, and then reap the unpleasant consequences. Within-state enlightenment leads to more realistic perception of the world and ourselves: consequently we can engage in more effective action that can eliminate much useless suffering.
- Chartes T. Tart, Ph.D.

You should not confuse your career with your life.
 - Dave Barry

What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise.
 - Kitty O'Neill Collins

Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty.
- John Finley

Every person is a fool in somebody's opinion.
- Spanish Proverb

It's never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.
- Nancy Thayer in "Morning"

If you are having trouble keeping your head above water, you probably aren't on your toes.
- Liguorian

When one door of happiness closes, another opens;  but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
- Helen Keller

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair.
- Francis Bacon

The time is always right to do what is right.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is more shameful to distrust one's friends than to be deceived by them.
- Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)French writer.

Four things come not back:  the spoken word, the sped arrow, time past, the neglected opportunity.
- Omar Ibnal-Halif

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

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates, Greek Philosopher

We often fear being rejected so very much that we reject ourselves first before anyone else has the chance.
- Anon

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Always, Sir, set a high value on spontaneous kindness. he whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord, will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.
- Samuel Johnston (1709 - 1784) British lexicographer.

Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it a superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past. 
-  Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.
- Samuel Johnson

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye.... The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. 
- Jacob Bronowski

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind, may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled. 
- Andrew Carnegie

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.                          
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A  great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
- William James

"When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear then you are on the road to success." 
-  Anon

The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
- Abraham Lincoln

Compassion is the chief law of human existance.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Let him who would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

In times of change, it is the learners who will inherit the earth while the learned will find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.

The best way to get something done is to begin.
- Anonymous

Success doesn't come to you ... you go to it.
- Marva Collins, African American educator

A lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
-Winston Churchill

I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
- Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916)

If you could kick the person responsible for most of your troubles,  you would not be able to sit down for six months.
- Unknown 

"Curious people are always the most interesting people. Why is that?"
- Bill Maher

The worst of men are those who will not forgive.
- Thomas Fuller

Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch you actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Frank Outlaw

It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit by them, and strong enough to correct them.
- McKenzie

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation, by what you fall for.
- Robert Quillen

A man's character never changes radically from youth to old age. What happens is that circumstances bring out characteristics which had not been obvious to the superficial observer.
- Dickens: his character, Comedy and Career

I never found a way to tell a good man from an evil one except by what he did. It's popular to say men are both good and evil. Of course, sometimes a good man will do an evil thing. But he regrets it. You know why? Because you have no peace in your heart to satisfy you when you are alone.
- James A. Michener in The Fires of Spring

Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.
- Miyamoto Musahi

"Dear God, please help me be the person my dog thinks I am."
- Unknown

Professionals built the Titanic,
Amateurs built the Ark.

"A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction into a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day."
- Calvin discovers Usenet

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
- Somerset Maughan

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.
- William F. Halsey

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British author (b. 1859)

"Why is it $10 looks so small at the grocery store, ...but so big at church?"
- Unknown

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
- Thomas Paine

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.
- Issac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Mag (Mar. 12, 1978)

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

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.
- William Faulkner

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."
- Theodore Roosevelt

The farther back you look, the farther ahead you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Feelings are everywhere, be gentle.
- J. Masai

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
- Pascal

There is a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and much less prevalent.
-General George S. Patton, Jr.-- War as I Knew It, 1947

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
- Henry Kissinger

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
- Samuel Johnson

A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.
- Dante, Italian poet (b. 1265)

Empty pockets never held a man back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
- Norman Vincent Peale

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
-- Isaac Newton

In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
-- Gerald Holton

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
-- Hal Abelson

"Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party."
-- Winston Churchill

Malice swallows the greater part of its own venom.
- Publilius Syrus

People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner of later to find time for illness.
- John Wanamaker

"If God doesn't destroy Hollywood Boulevard, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology."
--Jay Leno

A chip on the shoulder is the heaviest load a man can carry.
- Anon

A man's character never changes radically from youth to old age. What happens is that circumstances bring out characteristics which had not been obvious to the superficial observer.
- Dickens: his character, Comedy and Career

Rain Beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots.
- Ashanti Proverb

You can gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
- Somerset Maughan

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.
- Somerset Maughan

No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency.
- Theodore Roosevelt

"Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time."
- E. B. White

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
- Washington Irving

There is two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
-Edith Wharton

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
- Harry Truman, American President (b. 1884)

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.
- John Burroughs

Almost everyone has a posture; almost no one has an idea.
- Meg Greenfield

'Tis in vain to speak reason where 'twill not be heard.
- Thomas Fuller

Those who would make us feel must feel themselves.
- Charles Churchill

Experience is not what happens to a man. It's what a man does with what happens to him.
-- Aldous Huxley

Financial statements are like fine perfume; to be sniffed but not swallowed.
- Abraham Brilloff

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.
- Theodore Levitt author of The Marketing Imagination

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
- Henry Ford, American industrialist (b. 1863)

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't.
-Earl Wilson

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
-Kin Hubbard

If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first hour sharpening the ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.
- Abraham Lincoln

Utility is when you have one telephone,
luxury is when you have two,
opulence is when you have three --
and paradise is when you have none.
-Doug Larson

Reasonable men adapt themselves to their environment; unreasonable men try to adapt their environment to themselves. Thus all progress is the result of the efforts of unreasonable men.
- George Bernard Shaw

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

The great end of life is not knowledge, but action.
- Aldous Huxley

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.
- Anwar el-Sadat, In Search of Identity

Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause & effect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson from Conduct of Life

When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.
- Lou Holtz

No amount of travel on the wrong road will bring you to the right destination.
- Ben Gaye III

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

A lot of kneeling keeps one in good standing.

If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put responsibility on their shoulders.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
- Sydnes Smith

Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say.
- William W. Watt

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
- Cadet maxim, U S. Military Academy, West Point

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
- Ralph Lauren, American designer (b. 1939)

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
- Albert Schweitzer

The first step in making a dream come true is to wake up.

Do more than exist...Live! Do more than look...See! Do more than hear...Listen! Do more than talk...Say something!

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.

Believe only half of what you hear, but make sure it's the right half.

The way some people find fault, you'd think there was a reward.

To err is human...to blame it on someone else is even more human.

If you have not asked "Why?" when things go good, you have no right to ask "Why?" when things go bad.

Quantity is what you can count; quality is what you can count on.

Friendship, like a young tree, must be planted in rich soil, watered with common sense to establish deep roots and grown in the sunshine of time.

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

A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.

Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm - Unknown

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." - George Washington Carver

Too many of us are like wheelbarrows-- useful only when pushed and easily upset. -Anon

It doesn't matter if you win or lose... until you lose. -Angie Papadakis

``The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.'' - Omar N. Bradley, American general (1893-1981)

``A friend is one who warns you.'' - Near East proverb

"Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything." - Billy Graham

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.

The virtues of being punctual are largely offset by having to wait for people who aren't.

An obstacle may be either a stepping stone or stumbling block.

If everything went like clockwork, the ticking would drive us nuts.

Doubt your doubts instead of your beliefs.

Status Quo: that's Latin for "The mess we're in."