Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein
"Nothing is as exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Sir Winston Churchill
If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me. Alice Roosevelt Longworth
"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." Mark Twain
"The definition of mixed emotions is watching your mother-in-law drive your brand new Cadillac off a cliff." Casey Stengel
"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
"I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter."
"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most times he will pick himself up and carry on."
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
"The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
"By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach."
"Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning."
"Kites rise highest against the wind; not with it."
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
"I like a man who grins when he fights."
"Mr. Churchill, if you were my husband, I'd poison your tea!"
"And if you were my wife, I would drink it!"
"You are drunk Sir Winston, you are disgustingly drunk."
"Yes, Mrs. Braddock, I am drunk. But you, Mrs. Braddock are ugly, and disgustingly fat. But, tomorrow morning, I, Winston Churchill will be sober."
"If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time a tremendous whack." Sir Winston Churchill
"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed."
"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society."
"When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learnt in seven years."
"Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more."
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
"It is good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."
"I did not attend his funeral; but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved of it."
"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul."
"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."
"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
"To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence."
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear."
"I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don't know."
"There is no distinctly American criminal class, except Congress."
"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."
"Truth is our most valuable commodity - let us economize."
"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."
"Don't let school interfere with your education."
"Necessity is the mother of taking chances."
"Golf is a good walk spoiled." Mark Twain
"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."
"Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."
"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."
"You can observe a lot by just watching."
"We made too many wrong mistakes."
"We have deep depth." Yogi Berra
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently."
"On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow."
"The doer alone learneth." Friedrich Nietzsche
"Nietzche was stupid and abnormal." Leo Tolstoy
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people."
"The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time."
"The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else."
"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
"If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion."
"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."
"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid." George Bernard Shaw
"I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement."
"A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm." Charles M. Schwab
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer
"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." Niccolo Machiavelli
"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again." Og Mandino
"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
"No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."
"Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."
"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."
"Criticism is prejudice made plausible." H. L. Mencken
"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish." Michelangelo
"Please don't lie to me, unless you're absolutely sure I'll never find out the truth."
"To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target."
"Please don't ask me what the score is, I'm not even sure what the game is."
"I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it." Ashleigh Brilliant
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars." Les Brown
"The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you."
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan
"Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected; Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside trivial preferences; Neglecting development and refinement of the mind; Attempting to compel others to believe and live as well as we do." Cicero
"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom." Samuel Coleridge
"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 Coolidge
"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."
"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it." Confucius
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work. I found five thousand ways how not to make a light bulb." "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work."
"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure."
"Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress."
"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
"If there is a way to do it better, find it." Thomas A. Edison
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity."
"The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world."
"If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut."
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
"If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor."
"If I had only known. I would have become a locksmith."
"The important thing is not to stop questioning."
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Albert Einstein
"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak." Epictetus
"Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?" x Jules Feiffer
"I'm hard-nosed about luck. I think it sucks. Yeah, if you spend seven years looking for a job as a copywriter, and then one day somebody gives you a job, you can say, "Gee, I was lucky I happened to go up there today."
But, dammit, I was going to go up there sooner or later in the next seventy years... If you're persistent in trying and doing and working, you almost make your own fortune." Jerry Della Femina
"Selling has to be the most exciting thing you can do with your clothes on." John Fenton
"There is only one way to make a great deal of money and that is in a business of your own."
"My formula for success? Rise early, work late, strike oil." Jean Paul Getty
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." Kahlil Gibran
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." Andr Gide
"Real poverty is less a state of income than a state of mind." George Gilder
"My father was frightened of his father, I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me." King George V
"A life without love, without the presence of the beloved, is nothing but a mere magic-latern show. We draw out slide after slide, swiftly tiring of each, and pushing it back to make haste for the next."
"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."
"When ideas fail, words come in very handy." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after." Oliver Goldsmith
"If you see a bandwagon, its too late." Sir James Goldsmith
"Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose." Baltasar Gracian
"Good leaders must first become good servants." Robert Greenleaf
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." Greek Proverb
"Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought." Alexander Hamilton
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
"The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one."
"He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much."
"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped."
"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." Elbert Green Hubbard
"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come."
"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." Victor Hugo
"Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you."
"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted." Aldous Huxley
"Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail."
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
"Be polite to all, but intimate with few." Thomas Jefferson
"It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar." Jerome K. Jerome
"Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate." Thomas Jones
"Business is like sex. When it is good, its very, very good; when its not so good, its still good." George Katona
"If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live." Martin Luther King Jr.
"University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small." Henry Kissinger
"The freedom to fail is vital if youre going to succeed. Most successful people fail time and time again, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success." Michael Korda
"Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it." Sam Levenson
"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?" Stephen Levine
"If you want truly to understand something, try to change it." Kurt Lewin
"Any coward can sit in his home and criticize a pilot for flying into a mountain in a fog. But I would rather, by far, die on a mountainside than in bed. What kind of man would live where there is no daring? And is life so dear that we should blame men for dying in adventure? Is there a better way to die?" Charles Lindbergh Jr.
"When Im ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say, and two thirds of my time thinking about him and what he is going to say."
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to speak out and remove all doubt."
"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
"You cannot escape the responsibility tomorrow by evading it today."
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."
"He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help."
"I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend." Abraham Lincoln
"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior." Henry C. Link
"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common." John Locke
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength , not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."
"The quality of a persons life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
"Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence."
"Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." Vince Lombardi
"Business more than any other occupation is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight." Henry R. Luce
"There are four things that hold back human progress. Ignorance, stupidity, committees and accountants." Charles J.C. Lyall
"First, make yourself a reputation for being a creative genius. Second, surround yourself with partners who are better than you are. Third, leave them go get on with it."
"Make sure you have a Vice President in charge of Revolution, to engender ferment among your more conventional colleagues." David Ogilvy
"To be successful, keep looking tanned, live in an elegant building (even if youre in the cellar), be seen in smart restaurants (even if you nurse one drink) and if you borrow, borrow big."
"If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning."
"The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows." Aristotle Onassis
"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
"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
"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly." Patrick Overton
"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk."
"Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average person, you are just not cut out for positions at the top."
"I will have no man work for me who has not the capacity to become a partner." J. C. Penney
"Most people give up just when theyre about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown."
"If you see a snake, just kill it. Dont appoint a committee on snakes."
"Eagles don't flock - you have to find them one at a time." H. Ross Perot
"Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else." Tom Peters
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
"To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so." Bertrand Russell
"Do, or do not. There is no try." Yoda
"A promise made must be a promise kept."
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit."
"Find the good. Seek the Unity. Ignore the divisions among us." Aristotle
"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." W. Clement Stone
"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."
"Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes."
"In the long run, men only hit what they aim at. " "That government is best which governs least." Henry David Thoreau
"Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack. One defends when his strength is inadequate; he attacks when it is abundant."
"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." Sun Tzu
"Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory, nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt
"Leadership" "Superior leaders get things done with very little motion. They impart instruction not through many words, but through a few deeds. They keep informed about everything but interfere hardly at all. They are catalysts, and though things would never get done as well if they werent there, when they succeed they take no credit. And because they take no credit, credit never leaves them. Lao Tzu
"The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born."
"Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led." Warren G. Bennis
"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." Kenneth Blanchard
"If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing."
"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon."
"Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent."
"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights."
"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."
"Circumstances!?! I make circumstances."
"In politics stupidity is not a handicap."
"A leader is a dealer in hope." Napoleon Bonaparte
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy."
"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it." Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."
"Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack."
"Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time."
"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."
"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."
"If a man does his best, what else is there?" "A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood." General George S. Patton
"Leadership is not only having a vision, but also having the courage, the discipline, and the resources to get you there." George Washington
"Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience? "Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."
"The way to succeed is to double your failure rate." Thomas J. Watson Sr. -Founder of IBM