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The average man finds life very uninteresting as it is. And I think that the reason why, is that he is always waiting for something to happen to him instead of setting to work to make things happen.A. A. Milne (1882-1956)
Never impose your language on people you wish to reach. Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989)
Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man's character give him power. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Die when I may; I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
He has a right to criticise, who has a heart to help. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.Anais Nin 1903-1977
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan but also believe. Anatole France (1844-1924)
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)
First, you have to have fun. Second, you have to put love where your labour is. Third, you have to go in the opposite direction to everyone else.Anita Roddick (1942-2007)
Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.Captain James T. Kirk
After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one. Cato the Elder (234-149 BC) (Also known as Marcus Porcius Cato)
Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. Douglas Macarthur (1880 - 1964)
You get the best efforts from others, not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.Dr Bob Nelson
Leadership: the ability to get a person to do what you want him to do, when you want it done and in the way you want it done because he wants to. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. Dwight Morrow (1873 - 1931)
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.Ed Foreman
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
Enthusiasm is the great hill-climber. Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
Never mistake motion for action. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves - and by which they are willing to be judged.Frederick Smith (1772 - 1930)
There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible. G. C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
Never tell the people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their integrity. General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
You see things, and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?' George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S Truman (1884-1972)
Think like a man of action. Act like a man of thought. Henri Bergson (1859-1941)
The real leader has not need to lead - he is content to point the way.Henry Miller (1891-1980)
Leadership and management combine inspiration and perspiration. How effective you become, depends on your balance of both.Ian Todd (1963 - )
My grandfather told me that there are two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be in the first group; there was less competition there.Indira Gandi (1917-1984)
We are all failures - at least, all the best of us are. J. M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)
As a leader you must understand the needs in individuals and how they operate, so that you can work with the grain of human nature and not against it.John Adair
Communication is a sister to leadership.John Adair
If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time to be considering alternative strategies. John Cleese (born 1939)
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.John F Kennedy (1917-1963)
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.John F Kennedy (1917-1963)
An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts. John Juror
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. John Locke (1632-1704)
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. John Morley (1883-1923)
In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it. John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' Lao Tzu
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open.Lord Thomas R Dewar
Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
We think too small. Like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced he would have an entirely different view.Mao Tse Tung (1893-1976)
Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one. Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180).
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
The time is always right to do what is right.Martin Luther King JR.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.Martin Luther King JR.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.Martin Luther King JR.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus.Martin Luther King JR.
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.Martin Luther King JR.
When people once are in the wrong, Each line they add is much too long; Who fastest walks, but walks astray, Is only furthest from his way. Matthew Prior (1664-1721)
Some people wish it would happen, some people want it to happen, others make it happen.Michael Jordan
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz
A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte
A good leader can engage in debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial and uninformed.Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others; whenever they go. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.Peter Drucker (1909-2005)
People do what they can do, want to do and are allowed to do. Peter Honey
There are two things you should never delegate; your own learning and saying thank you. Peter Honey
It isn't what you know, it's what you do that counts. Peter Honey
Every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganisation - and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralisation.Petronius Arbitor
You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.Publilius Syrus
Never promise more than you can perform. Publilius Syrus
Do not turn back when you are just at the goal. Publilius Syrus
It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody. Publilius Syrus
Make visible what; without you; might perhaps never have been seen. Robert Bresson (1901-1999)
Whether you think others can or that they can't you are usually right. (With apologies to Henry Ford.) Rod Webb
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.Rosalynn Carter
I never worry about action; only inaction. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Words divide us actions unite us. Slogan of the Tupamaros
Let him who would move the world, first move himself. Socrates (470-399 B.C.)
We thought; because we had power; we had wisdom. Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943)
Leadership is democratic. If there is overwhelming disagreement, I am not too proud to back down. But if there are just a few people who are not yet on board, I approach them individually.Sven Goran Eriksson
He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea. Thomas Fuller (1710-1790)
That government is best which governs least. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power; and teach us; that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Leadership is like boiling an egg ... it's practically impossible to get it just right. Unknown
Heal the past; live the present; dream the future. Unknown
Instead of listening to what is being said to them, many managers are already listening to what they are going to say. Unknown
Leadership is like driving a bus ... if you don't take people where they want to go, they get off. Unknown
Behold the tortoise. He only makes progress when he sticks out his neck.Unknown
Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.W. Edwards Deming 1900-1993
Of all the things I've done, the most vital is coordinating the people who work with me and aiming their views at a certain goal.Walt Disney (1901-1966)
Our fears are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation. Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)