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Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.Anais Nin 1903-1977
To what a degree the same past can leave different marks - and especially admit of different interpretations.Andrè Gide (1869-1951)
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
Hide not your talents - they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
I have learned that 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 tryin to succeed. Booker T. Washington(1856-1915)
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 failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
No man ever listened himself out of a job.Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
Life is eternal and love is immortal;and death is only a horizon; And a horizon is nothing; save the limit of our sight. Carly Simon (born 1945)
I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind.Clara Barton (1821-1912)
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.Confucius
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.David Henry Thoreau (1817-1862)
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)
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. Erica Jong (born 1942)
Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.Frank Spencer
Progress is not created by contented people.Frank Tyger (1929-2011)
That which does not kill us will only make us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions; but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones? G. C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
I’ve never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.Galileo (1564-1642)
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)
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. Helen Keller (1880-1968)
The follies a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity. Helen Rowland (1876-1950)
Nothing important comes with instructions.James Richardson
Never be afraid of failure. The only way you can move from being a good leader to a very good one, even an excellent one, is by aiming higher. And that is bound to generate shortfalls.John Adair
You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.John Wooden (1910-2010)
True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.Karl Popper (1902-1994)
I am a part of all that I have met. Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open.Lord Thomas R Dewar
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).
A home is no home unless it contains food and the fire for the mind as well as for the body. For human beings are not so constituted that they can live without expansion.Margaret Fuller (1810-1850).
By the time we hit fifty; we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously; but never ourselves. Marie Dressler (1869-1934)
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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 (1835-1910)
The time is always right to do what is right.Martin Luther King JR.
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.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.
Some people wish it would happen, some people want it to happen, others make it happen.Michael Jordan
Strategy is a pattern in a stream of Actions.Mintzberg
People seldom improve very much when they have no pattern to go by but themselves.Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Feedback should kick start a virtuous domino effect. The feedback generates increased awareness; the increased awareness generates a desire to do something well and/or to set about improving something; the desire generates a personal development plan; the plan generates action; the action generates improved performance … and so on until the next bit of feedback starts the process again.Peter Honey
Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
I have learnt over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
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
If a problem has no solution it may not be a problem but a fact – not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.Shimon Peres (1923-2016)
Chiefly the mould of a man’s fortune is in his own hands. Sir Francis Bacon (1561- 1626)
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls to attention an unhealthy state of things.Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply.Stephen Covey (1932-2012)
If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?T H Huxley (1825-1895)
Do what you can; with what you have; where you are. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
Is not this the true romantic feeling--not to desire to escape life; but to prevent life from escaping you? Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938 )
Enjoy yourself. These are the good old days you're going to miss in the years ahead. Unknown
You don't have to be sick to get better.Unknown
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.Unknown
Better to light a small candle than to curse in the dark.Unknown
Be like the bird in flight - Pausing awhile on boughs too slight. Feels them give way beneath her; yet sings, Knowing yet; that she has wings. Victor Hugo (1802-1906)
Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.W. Edwards Deming 1900-1993
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. William James (1842-1910)
The greatest discovery of my generation is that you can change your circumstances by changing your attitudes of mind. William James (1842-1910)
There are two kinds of fools. One says ‘This is old, therefore it is good’; the other says, ’This is new, therefore it is better.William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)
Our fears are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.William Shakespeare (1564-1616)