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Favourite Quotes

Here is a bunch of my favourite quotes (there wasn’t enough space on Facebook!). Some are corny, some are funny, but all of them made me smile 🙂

Feel free to add your own favourite quotes / comments!

“Focus does not mean saying yes, it means saying no.” – Steve Jobs

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Harold Whitman

“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” – Estee Lauder, Entrepreneur

“Hire the best person you can’t afford”

“Every problem is an opportunity, every opportunity has a problem”

“People matter”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
Albert Einstein

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your head.”
Gene Fowler

“All truth goes through three steps: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

“The life that is unexamined is not worth living”

“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
E. Joseph Cossman

“Men talk as if victory were something fortunate. Work is victory.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse”
Rudyard Kipling

“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.”
Charlie Brown

“Chance favours the prepared mind”
Louis Pasteur

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”
Tom Robbins

“One of these days is none of these days.”
H. G. Bohn

“The man who has done his level best… is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.”
B.C. Forbes

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Harry S. Truman

“All glory comes from daring to begin”
William Shakespeare

“Your professionalism and knowledge need not to be proven; if you’re cream, you’ll float to the top.”
Eddie Torres

“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one”
Mary Kay Ash

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage”
Anais Nin

“One man with courage makes a majority”
Andrew Jackson

“A compelling future is the food on which our souls thrive; we all need a continuing sense of emotional and spiritual growth”
Anthony Robbins

“It is only with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance”
Benjamin Disraeli

“There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.”
Coach Vince Lombardi

“Its not whether you get knocked down, its whether you get back up”
Coach Vince Lombardi

“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them… you show them reasons.”
Coach Vince Lombardi

“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.”
Coach Vince Lombardi

“If you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him.”
Coach Woody Hayes

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing”
Helen Keller

“Talent develops itself in solitude; character in the stream of life”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The mind is its own place and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell full of heaven.”
John Milton

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occassions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life, and that is why… I succeed”
Michael Jordan

“There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living.”
Nelson Mandela

“The tragedy of life is not in the fact of death, but in what dies inside us while we live.”
Norman Cousins

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.”
Peter Drucker

“A man is what he thinks about all day long”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Worry is the misuse of imagination”

“The future has several names. For the weak it is impossible. For the fainthearted it is unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant, it is ideal.”
Victor Hugo

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it”
William James

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.”
William James

“Dream no small dreams for these have no power to move the hearts of men”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You can have a streat that is muddy and full of puddles. You put a lot of people to work keeping the street clean. But it might have made more sense to fix the drainage.”
Edward de Bono

“Knowing a road map does not construct new roads”
Edward de Bono

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”
James Michener

“Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.”
Irving Berlin

“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.”
Stan Smith

“Knock the ‘t’ off the ‘can’t'”
George Reeves

“It is never too late to be what you might have been”
George Eliot

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”
Chinese proverb

“Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself”
Amelia Earhart

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another”

“All serious daring starts from within”
Eudora Welty

“Never raise your hand to your children – it leaves your midsection unprotected”
Robert Orben

“Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way around”
David Lodge

“”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

“Make good use of bad rubbish”
Elizabeth Beresford

“Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more”
Gail Hamilton

“Be anchored to some ideal, philosophy or cause that keeps you too excited to sleep”
Brian Koslow

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to lead the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau

“You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments or publicity”
Dr. O. A. Battista

“How can they say my life isn’t a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?”
Logan Pearsall Smith

“Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.”
Robert G. Ingersoll

“If all the rich men in the world divided up their money amongst themselves, there wouldn’t be enough to go around”
Christina Stead

“With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches”
Adam Smith

“Despair is the price one pays for setting himself an impossible aim”
Graham Greene

“Nobody can dim the light which shines from within”
Maya Angelou

“It is my consistent daily actions, not what I do once in a while, that determine my ultimate destiny”
Anthony Robbins

“The more things change, the more they stay the same”

“If we don’t change we don’t grow. If we don’t grow we are not really living.”
Gail Sheehy

“We must cultivate our garden”

“The peace process begins with the individual. Our world is a reflection of the struggles, values, commitments and hopes of each of us. When we honour the principles of freedom and human dignity, boundaries disappear and we are connected to others with love and respect. This is peace with honour.”
Captain Gerald Coffee

“It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another – it is one damn thing over and over.”
Edna St Vincent Millay

“The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson.”

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“experience teaches you to recognise a mistake when you have made it again”

“No man is free who is not a master of himself”

“You’ve got to find a way to let people know you’re there”
Nikki Giovanni

“We believe that people have the resources that they need, but they have them unconsciously, and they are not organized in the appropriate context. It’s not that a guy can’t be confident and assertive at work, it’s that he isn’t. He may be perfectly confident on the golf course. All we have to do is put that resource where he needs it.”
Richard Bandler and John Grinder

“While the difficult takes time, the impossible just takes a little longer”
Art Berg

“Every moment is made glorious by the light of love”

“All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman; straightaway, all their past words and actions lie in light before us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end”
Benjamin Disraeli

“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.”
Galileo Galilei

“To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract.”
Jim Rohn

“There is one categorical imperative: Act so that every action of yours should be capable of becoming a universal rule of action for all men”
Immanuel Kant

“Happiness is a choice, not a consequence”
Anthony Robbins

“Learn from what everyone else does, but you really want to do something different to be successful.”
Sam Hill

“We judge others by their behavior but judge ourselves by our best intentions.”
Christopher M. Avery

“Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.”
Barry LePatner

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves – to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today”
Stewart B. Johnson

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it”
M. Scott Peck

“A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies. ”
Oscar Wilde

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”
Alan Simpson

“Passion is the genesis of genius”
Anthony Robbins

“Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character”
Anthony Robbins

“The past does not equal the future unless you live there”
Anthony Robbins

“Unleash your imagination and experience the creativity and vision you yearn for”
Anthony Robbins

“Determination is the wake up call to the human will. It is the spirit which confronts and conquers obstacles of any size or duration, and turns dreams into reality.”
Anthony Robbins

“Whats talked about is a dream, what’s envisioned is exciting, what’s planned becomes possible, what’s scheduled is real”
Anthony Robbins

“Remember, we become who we spend our time with. The quality of a persons life is most often a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group. Choose your friends well.”
Anthony Robbins

“Faith is trust made eternal”
Anthony Robbins

“Passion is found in the field of the unreasonable”
Anthony Robbins

“Free yourself from the bond of convention. Remember, all human progress is proceeded by a new question.”
Anthony Robbins

“Everything in life happens for a reason and purpose, and it serves us.”
Anthony Robbins

“G-d’s delays are not G-d’s denials”
Anthony Robbins

“It is in a state of gratitude that fear flees and abundance reigns”
Anthony Robbins

“The secret of living is giving”
Anthony Robbins

“The passionate life is the life fully lived.”
Anthony Robbins

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Choose well.”
Anthony Robbins

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”
John F. Kennedy

“Focus on Audience + Solutions, not products and platforms…”

“If I am totally in control, I know I am going too slow.”
Mario Andretti

“It’s better to burn out than it is to rust.”
Neil Young (1945 – ) Canadian music artist

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
John D. Rockefeller