wisdom


title: Wisdom quotes
metaDescription: Collected, Stolen or Borrowed thanks Steve Goodman for this collection
date: 2021-01-01
author: Tharum Bun
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  • tech

Collected, Stolen or Borrowed [thanks Steve Goodman for this collection]

It is only when you are pursued, that you become swift.
– Kahlil Gibran

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
– William Arthur Ward

People who are only good with hammers see every problem as a nail.
– Maslow

To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, a book of rules –
From which he will make ere his life has flown,
A stumbling block– or a stepping stone.
– Author Unknown

Making a living is necessary and often satisfying; eventually, making a difference becomes more important.
– David Campbell

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.
– Bekins advertisment

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
– A. Lincoln

Love the people that hate you. It makes them madder than HELL!
– Leo Buscaglia

A firefighting culture breeds arsonists.
– Robert Hennig?

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
– Richard Bach

We’re all ignorant– only about different things.
– Will Rogers

It’s never too late to learn, but sometimes it’s too early.
– Charlie Brown

Beam me up Scotty. There’s no intelligent life here.
– Mr. Spock

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

Education is . . . hanging around until you’ve caught on.
– Robert Frost

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
– Aristotle

To be understood– rather than winning– is the goal in communication.
– Author Unknown

People are remembered in life not for how few times they fail– but, for how often they succeed.
– Art Mortell

Success– To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

In your vision of the world is the image of yourself.
– Morgan

On the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest, and resting died.
– Author Unknown

Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.
– Albert Einstein

Excellence is achieved. It is not stumbled onto in the course of amusing oneself. It is built upon discipline and tenacity of purpose.
– Author Unknown

Great teams and great players are characterized by hustle– the extra spurt of activity that seems unnecessary, but which can make the difference between winning and losing.
– Author Unknown

One must always look ahead, but it is difficult to look farther than one can see.
– Winston Churchill

Ain’t no man that can avoid being born average, but ain’t nobody got to be common.
– Satchel Paige

Creativity does not need to be developed in man, but simply liberated.
– Author Unknown

Make it a habit to keep on the lookout for novel and interesting ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you’re working on.
– Thomas Edison

A door never closes on your life that another one doesn’t open.
– Jack Kemp’s mother

Many people mistake and miss opportunity because it often goes around wearing overalls and is disguised as work.
– Jim Sweeney
Salesman

The greatest source of energy is the pride that comes from a job well done.
– Author Unknown

Successful people make a habit of doing the things that failures will not do.
– Zig Ziglar

Perfection is not attainable. But in the pursuit of perfection, you can find excellence.
– Vince Lombardi

If you can dream it, you can do it.
– Walt Disney

A man can see farther through a tear than through a telescope.
– Byron

Things aren’t out of control– just out of focus.
– Dan Grant

The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.
– Patricia Neal

Leadership is the courage to admit mistakes, the vision to welcome change, the enthusiasm to motivate others, and the confidence to stay out of step when everyone else is marching to the wrong tune.
– E. M. Estes
President
General Motors Corp.

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins– cash and experience. Take the experience first and the cash will come.
– Harold Geneen
Retired chairman, ITT Corporation

People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up, look for the circumstances they want– and if they don’t find them, make them.
– George Bernard Shaw

I want to be completely used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I celebrate life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” to me, but rather like a splendid torch which I hold in my hand at this moment in time, and I want it to burn as brightly as possible before passing it on to future generations.
– George Bernard Shaw
from Man and Superman

We only fail if we fail to try.
– Patricia Neal

We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.
– Petronius Arbiter
210 B. C.

Never close your door on a setting sun.
– Patricia Neal

Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
– Frederick Wilcox

In idleness alone is there perpetual despair. There is always hope in a person who earnestly works.
– Carlyle

If you’re not the lead sled dog, the scenery never changes.
– Ron Chapman
KVIL Radio Personality

We, like the eagles, were born to be free. Yet we are obliged, in order to live at all, to make a cage of laws for ourselves and to stand on the perch.
– William Bolitho
“Christopher Columbus”

Socrates was a famous speaker who gave advice. They poisoned him.
– A 4th Grader

A person can do anything and go anywhere, so long as he doesn’t care who gets the credit.
– Bob Woodward
Former Chairman of the Board
Coca-Cola Corp.

Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind.
– Detroit Advertising Council

Life is an inside job.
– Wally “Famous” Amos

No problem can stand the assaults of sustained thinking.
– Voltaire

It is unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money– that is all. But when you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.
The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot– it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
– John Ruskin
(1819­1900)

People will follow any leader along a broad and easy way. Controversial and difficult paths demand leadership with integrity and commitment.
– David T. Kimball, Chairman
Signal Corp.

The biggest risk is to do nothing when the world is changing rapidly.
– Walter B. Wriston
Retired Chairman, Citicorp

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
– Vincent T. Lombardi

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t know what your destiny may be, but this I do know– those of you who will be truly happy are those who have sought– and found how to serve.
– Albert Schweitzer

Management’s job is to see the company not as it is– but as it can become.
– John W. Teets, Chairman
The Greyhound Corp.

Do the act and the attitude will follow.
– William James
Philosopher

Any new thing is first declared to be absurd, later declared to be obvious, and finally, its adversaries claim that they invented it.
– William James
on innovation

One knows the very nature of both man and woman by their actions at table. One suddenly sees their innermost characters, their attitudes, their breeding, but above all, one knows whether one cares to spend another evening at table with them.
– 19th century editor in Boston

We are driving ever faster into the future, but trying to steer by only looking in the rear-view mirror.
– Marshall McLuhan

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. I want all the youngsters to sail out to sea and be good ships.
– Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Everything is easy– once you know how!
– Pete Carter
Famous Hand Surgeon

The market dries up when all the front hall closet shelves are full.
– Hy Lyon
North Texas Commission

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

If you don‘t make dust, you eat dust.
– Author Unknown

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity; they seem more afraid of life than of death.
– James F. Byrnes

If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life which you have imagined, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
– Henry David Thoreau

The world owes no man a living, but it owes every man an opportunity.
– H. L. Hunt

Those things that hurt, instruct.
– Benjamin Franklin

An optimist may see light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?
– Michel De Saint-Pierre
People are generally better persuaded by the reasons they themselves have finally come to discover.
– Blaise Pascal

Defining the purpose and mission of the business is difficult, painful and risky. But it alone enables a business to develop strategies, to concentrate its resources and to go to work. It alone enables a business to be managed for performance.
– Peter F. Drucker

Men spend most of their lives worrying about things that never happen.
– Molière

Dull people keep immaculate desks.
– Author Unknown

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year.
Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism. Commitment is knowing exactly what you want and not quitting – ill you get it.
– Shearson Lehman Brothers
and Carole Young

Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst is not to try.
– Author Unknown

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
– Vincent T. Lombardi

People forget how fast you did a job– but they remember how well you did it.
– Author Unknown

Congress– the only whorehouse in the world that loses money.
– Dr. John Rutledge
Claremont Economics Institute

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every start upon an untrodden path is a venture which only in unusual circumstances looks sensible and likely to succeed.
– Albert Schweitzer

Failure to use such an abundant inherent treasure as creativity, whether it be because of unawareness that it exists, indifference, or deliberate stultification is more than a waste; it is self-betrayal.
– Masatoshi Yoshimura

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Obstacles are merely things you overcome.
– Ernest Shackleton
Arctic explorer

There is only one thing that can ever stop you from reaching your dreams, and that is if you let other people drag you down to their level.
– Dr. Henry Catlene?
Economist

Loaning money to Mexico, Argentina or farmers is a lot like making love to a gorilla. You’re not done until the gorilla’s done.
– Dr. John Rutledge
Claremont Economics Institute

Planning– the substitution of error for uncertainty in running a business.
– Dr. John Rutledge
Claremont Economics Institute

Creative clutter is better than tidy idleness.
– Author Unknown

President Reagan’s economic policy:

  1. I hate inflation.
  2. I hate taxes.
  3. I hate the Russians.
    And by the way, Reagan’s a believer, not a thinker.
    – Dr. John Rutledge
    Claremont Economics Institute

There’s a very small difference between winning and not winning.
– A Golfer

The Intrapreneur’s Ten Commandments

  1. Come to work each day willing to be fired.
  2. Circumvent any orders aimed at stopping your dream.
  3. Do any job needed to make your project work, regardless of your job description.
  4. Find people to help you.
  5. Follow your intuition about the people you choose, and work only with the best.
  6. Work underground as long as you can– publicity triggers the corporate immune mechanism.
  7. Never bet on a race unless you are running in it.
  8. Remember it is easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.
  9. Be true to your goals, but be realistic about the ways you achieve them.
  10. Honor your sponsors.
    – Gifford Pinchot III

The secret of success is to be ready for opportunity when it comes.
– Benjamin Disraeli

What we gain too easily, we esteem too lightly.
– Dick Bass
Men are made strong not by winning easy battles, but by losing hard-fought ones.
– Dick Bass’ uncle

Life responds to deserve, not to need. Learn to work with people who deserve it, not those who need it. The key to leadership is to teach people how to deserve it.
– Jim Rohn

Don’t ever wrestle with a pig– you’ll only get dirty, while the pig will enjoy it.
– Pattie Mickie

The race may not always be to the swift, nor the fight to the strong– but that’s sure as hell the way I’m going to bet.
– Daymon Runyon

The power to get things done seldom depends on formal titles and authority alone. In great measure, it depends on a person’s track record and reputation, knowledge, and a network of relationships. In effect, the power to implement change and execute effectively relies heavily on one’s social currency, something a person accumulates over time.
– Richard Pascale

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
– Joe Paterno
Head Football Coach
Penn State University

Volunteerism should be selfless. Ideally you should be like the Lone Ranger. You do a good deed, then you leave a silver bullet and move on.
– M. Richard Rose
President, RIT

Our approach is to serve every client as if that client were our only client. Because we know you always have a choice.
– The Boston Company

Man can take bad news, but he can’t stand uncertainty.
– Dick Bass

We’re smarter, more educated and more organized than the criminals. Our job is to outsmart them!
– Carole Young

The way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
– Linus Pauling

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
– William Faulkner

The concern for man and his destiny must always be the chief interest of all technological endeavor. Never forget it among your calculations and diagrams.
– Albert Einstein

The only time I ever refused a drink was the one time I didn’t understand the question.
– Author Unknown

When working with people, let them find out it was more than you promised and easier than you said.
– Jim Rohn

If you do right, you do O.K.
– Vince Dooley’s Do­Right Rule

The pursuit of excellence is as noble as its achievement.
– Maritz Corporation Poster

We do not stop playing because we are old– we grow old because we stop playing.
– Author Unknown

God created whiskey to keep the Irish from taking over the world.
– Author Unknown

If we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.
– Old Chinese proverb

Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.
– Alfred North Whitehead
Life is not meant to be taken seriously– just responsibly.
– Author Unknown

Excellence lies not in doing one thing well, but in doing everything superbly!
– Four Seasons Hotel

Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is nothing so frightening as ignorance in action.
– Paul Lautermilch
EDS Salesman

Stick to the truth and nothing bad will ever happen to you– probably.
– Don Ferman
Maritz Communications Corp.

Work hard, trust in God, and keep your bowels open.
– Oliver Cromwell

Diplomacy– The art of saying “Nice doggy” until you can find a stick.
– Mark Twain

Your best this week should be your worst next week.
– Jimmy Young

Portability means you can carry something else, too. 0.5 herniations per block is not portable.
– Alan Kay

You cannot step into the same river twice, because both you and the river have changed.
– Hereclitus
12th century philosopher

You are remembered for the rules you break.
– Douglas MacArthur

A mistake is just another way of doing things.
– A CEO

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
– Alan Kay

The harder you work, the luckier you get.
– Gary Player

Some day after mastering the winds, the waves, the tide and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then– for the second time in the history of the World– Man will have discovered fire.
– Tielhard de Chardin
French Jesuit poet, scientist, writer
1881­1953

What is hustle?
Hustle is doing something that everyone else is absolutely certain can’t be done.
Hustle is getting the order because you got there first. Or stayed with it after everyone else gave up.
Hustle is shoe leather and elbow grease and sweat. And missing lunch.
Hustle is getting prospects to say “yes” after they’ve said “no” twenty times.
Hustle is doing more for a customer than the other person is doing.
Hustle is believing in yourself and the business you’re in.
Hustle is providing top quality service.
Hustle is the sheer joy of winning.
Hustle is being the hardest loser in town.
Hustle is hating to take a vacation because you might miss a piece of the action.
Hustle is hopping out of bed, late at night, to write down a great idea.
Hustle is heaven if you’re a hustler.
Hustle is hell if you’re not.
– MTech Corporation

It is not bigness we seek, it is greatness. Bigness is imposing, greatness is enduring.
– Al Williams
Former President, IBM

Everyone wants me to pick up their garbage, but no one wants me to put it down.
– Louis Welch
Mayor of Houston
Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance.
– C. W. Wendte

The problem isn’t the problem, the problem is the attitude about the problem.
– Kelly Young

Some are born great,
Some achieve greatness,
And some have greatness thrust upon them.
– William Shakespeare

Never trust a computer you can’t lift.
– Larry ?????
The Seybold Group

If you done it, it ain’t bragging.
– Will Rogers

The roots of education are bitter– but the fruit is sweet.
– Aristotle

The power to tax is the power to destroy.
– Justice Marshall

A consultant is someone who steals from the smart and sells to the stupid.
– Alan Kay

Imagination is the key to motivation.
– René Descartes

EDS is the world’s largest free-lance MIS department.
– Alfred Mandell
at MacWorld Dallas

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
– Henry David Thoreau

Life is unending; only individuals die. But their contributions, for good or bad, live on, and segments of these contributions are passed on from generation to generation.
– Robert Half
Personnel recruiter executive

The great mystery isn’t that people do things badly, but that they occasionally do a few things well. The only thing that is universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific! Nobody ever commented, for example, that the great violinist Jascha Heifetz couldn’t play the trumpet very well.
– Peter Drucker

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
– Author Unknown

The Macintosh is still too damned hard to use.
– Jean-Louis Gassee
Senior VP, R & D
Apple Computer, Inc.

Texas is not really a member of the United States, but an affiliate.
– A Participant in the Texas Sesquicentennial Forum

To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.
Tennyson
from Ulysses

The skill to do comes from the doing.
– Cicero

Success comes before work– only in the dictionary.
– Author Unknown

I didn’t bite off more than I could chew– it just grew in my mouth.
– Dr. Robert Ballard
on The Jason Project

If the auto industry advanced this fast since 1981, today we’d have cars that go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds, circle the globe on a tank of gas, and cost half as much as they did six years ago.
– Edward Lucente
Vice President
IBM Information Systems Division

One is always sixteen in some corner of the heart.
– French Proverb

What you are speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say you are.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t know who discovered water, but it wasn’t a fish.
– Marshall McLuhan

Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on what he is made of.
– Old Proverb

What you can do is limited only by what you can dream.
– Dick Rutan
Voyager Pilot

Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I am more interested in the return of my money than the return on my money.
– Pete Carter

Human beings first shape tools. Then the tools begin to shape us.
– Alan Kay

Life’s a bitch and then you die.
– Pat Hose

The main invention of the nineteenth century was invention itself.
– Alfred North Whitehead

It’s not just a presentation– it’s your future.
– Apple Computer, Inc. Advertisement

The twentieth century was the century in which change changed.
– Marshall McLuhan

Information is any difference that makes a difference.
– Raymond Bateson

Point of view is worth eighty IQ points.
– Alan Kay

You don’t understand a thing unless you understand it at more than one level.
– Marvin Minsky

Life’s too short to jump start a three watt bulb, because once you get it started it’s only a three watt bulb anyway.
– Dr. Robert Ballard

A consultant is a person who knows a hundred ways to make love, but doesn’t have a girl friend.
– Mike Hammond?

Ease of use, not ease of implementation.
– Foley & Van Dam
“Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics”

Don’t simply find a need and fill it. Create a need only you can fill.
– Alan Kay

Never invest in anything you can’t explain to your wife.
– Gary Fernandes

Just remember one thing– it ain’t never gonna get good for poor people.
– De Soto Jordan’s father

There are only two sports in Texas– football and spring football.
– Pete Carter

You can’t teach a person anything. You can only help him discover it for himself.
– Galileo

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

Never get into the thick of thin things.
– Roger Nichols
Boston Museum

Life is not a dress rehearsal for anything.
– Dr. Robert Ballard

Too often we measure things with a micrometer, mark them with chalk and cut them with a chain saw.
– Joe Schoendorf
Apple Computer Executive

Ease of use promotes use.
– David Shay
Peat Marwick Main

Invention is the mother of necessity.
– Marshall McLuhan

The paper industry has cause for optimism– the printing industry does not!
– Ithiel de Sola Pool

The present is the past biting into the future.
– Edwin Land

What gets measured gets done.
– David Shay
Peat Marwick Main

Most of us learn from other people’s mistakes, rather than our own.
– Stewart Brand

It is by logic that you prove, but by intuition that you discover.
– Henri Poincare
French Philosopher

You can control the way you play by the way you think.
– John Williams
Tennis Pro
South Seas Plantation
Captiva Island, FL

You can count how many seeds are in the apple, but not how many apples are in the seed.
– Ken Kersey

You don’t grow old. You get old by not growing.
E. Stanley Jones

What goes right is the result of teamwork, and what goes wrong is my fault.
– Sir Rudolf Bing
The Metropolitan Opera Company

The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately to defeat him.
– Russell Baker
Columnist

The great accomplishments of man result from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.
– Peter Drucker

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
– Robert Frost

The spider monkeys do what the baboons do.
– Gene Cocke
EDS Teacher

You’ve got to play with your heart– with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy who has a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.
– Vince Lombardi

The job of the scientist is to make the inevitable happen a little sooner.
– Dr. Robert Ballard

In a post-industrial society, our schools are the farmlands of the future.
– Jim Crupi

It doesn’t rain much in this country, but when it does, it rains like a damn fool.
– Former editor of The Albany, Texas News
on Texas weather

The trouble with school is that they teach you stuff that you don’t know.
– Dennis the Menace

Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.
– Texas Bumper Sticker

If you work for a man, in heaven’s name, work for him. If he pays you wages which supply you bread and butter, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. If put to a pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
If you must vilify, condemn and eternally disparage, resign your job and when you are outside, damn him to your heart’s content, but as long as you are a part of the institution do not condemn it. If you do that, you are loosening the tendrils which are holding you to the institution, and the first high wind which comes along will uproot you and blow you away and you probably never will know the reason why.
– Benjamin Franklin
1772

Beer is just enlightened water.
– Author Unknown

The greatest despair is to not become the man you were meant to be.
– Kirkegarde

One man with courage is a majority.
– Andrew Jackson

The way you succeed in a leadership role is to push the guy ahead of you and pull the guy behind you.
– Author Unknown

Are you in earnest? seize this very minute–
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it,
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated–
Begin it, and the work is completed!
– Goethe

You can run, but you can’t hide.
– Joe Louis

A nation reveals itself not only by the people it produces, but also by the people it honors and the people it remembers.
– John F. Kennedy

Washington– You have to scrape away the surface tinsel to get to the real tinsel.
– Sander Vanocer
from Oscar Levant

Excellence can be attained
…if you care more than others think is wise,
…risk more than others think is safe,
…dream more than others think is practical,
…expect more than others– this is possible.
– Author Unknown

A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said but says what someone wants to remember.
– John Mason Brown

The best way for Honda to communicate its corporate philosophy is through its product.
– Komichi Yamomura???
CEO, Honda

If a boy has enough intelligence, he should consider studying for the ministry; unless when he goes to the university, he is given to carousing, drinking and wenching, in which case, he ought to consider the law.
– John Colyer
1761

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Author Unknown

Don’t let your mouth write a check your body can’t cash.
­Flip Wilson as Geraldine

Public sentiment is everything– With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. He who moulds public sentiment goes deeper than he who executes statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes or decisions possible or impossible to execute.
– Abraham Lincoln

No, no, no, Hubie. You don’t go for pars anymore. Amateurs go for pars. You’re a pro now. You go for birdies and eagles. You forget about pars. Birdies. Eagles. You’re a pro.
– Hubert Green
US Open Winner (1977)
PGA Championship Winner (1985)
Golf Pro

Heresy is not a rebellion against doctrine. It is usually a rebellion against behavior.
– Truman Cook

The Dilemma
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing– does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave. He has forfeited his freedom. Only a person who takes risks is free.
– Author Unknown

The most beautiful sight in the world is a little child going confidently down the road after you have shown him the way.
– Confucius
Today you can no longer say, “The drug problem worries me” or “Crime worries me” or “Illiteracy worries me.” If it worries you, then you’ve got to do something about it.
– Barbara Bush

If you can’t face the music, you’ll never lead the band.
– The Wall Street Journal

Life is too short to dance with ugly women.
– Lee Fikes

Life is too short to dance with ugly men.
– Bumper Sticker
on a Texas Pickup Truck

All cats are black in the dark.
– Ben Thomas
At the Albion River Inn
Mendocino, CA
October 3, 1988

Logic only gives a man what he needs. But magic gives him what he wants.
– Tom Robbins
from "Another Roadside Attraction"

Our primary goal is to help our customer meet his primary goal.
– Deborah Waggoner
EDS Account Manager,
Mass. RMV Account

It ain’t what you know that counts. It’s what you can think of in time.
– Al Casey

There is moderation even in excess.
– Benjamin Disraeli

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 alone are omnipotent.
– Calvin Coolidge

Success is a matter of commas, not periods, after every achievement or disappointment.
– Author Unknown

Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
– Winston Churchill
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
– A. Einstein

It is better to be able to say, "I is rich," than "I am poor."
– Bob Woodson
President, National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

God didn’t put me here to be some kind of decorative accessory.
– Dolly Good
TACA Board Member

In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards.
– Mark Twain

That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;
Who has gained the respect of men and women and the love of children;
Who never lacks appreciation of the earth’s beauty or fails to express it;
Who follows his dreams and pursues excellence in each task;
And who brings out the best in others and gives only the best of himself.
– Bessie Anderson

The most important thing in acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
– George Burns

We didn’t all come over on the same ship, even though we’re in the same boat now.
– Bernard Baruch

All people dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are the dangerous people, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.
– T. E. Lawrence

I have often been afraid, but I would not give in to it. I simply acted as though I was not afraid, and presently the fear disappeared.
– Theodore Roosevelt

About the time we think we can make ends meet, someone moves the ends.
– Herbert Hoover

I don’t like money, but it quiets my nerves.
– Joe Louis

Only the mediocre are at their best all the time.
– Gerry Roche
Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles

Life doesn’t make sense. If it made sense, then men would ride sidesaddle.
– Gerry Roche
Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles

When two bull elephants fight, the grass always loses.
– Bob Woodson
President, National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Many a man waits for his ship to come in– even though he never sent one out.
– Bernard Baruch

Over a half century has gone by since I began making business decisions, and if I were forced to try to sum it all up, I would have to say that the best way to run a business with the best hope of eventual success is to do it as you would cook on a wood-burning stove.
How do you cook on such a primitive stove? Because you know that you cannot control all the elements of fire, wood, air flow, etc., you keep your eye on everything at all times. You follow the recipe to an extent, but you also add something extra of your own. You do not measure out every spice and condiment. You sprinkle here, you pour there. And then you watch it cook.
You keep your eye on the pot. You look at it and check it from time to time. You sniff it. You dip your finger in and taste it. Perhaps you add a little something extra to suit your own taste. You let it brew a while and then taste it again. And again. If something is wrong, you correct it. Whatever you do, the most important thing is to keep your eye on it. You don’t want it to be ruined when you are off doing something else.
When it is done to your satisfaction, you’re right there to take it off the stove. In the end, you will have a pot roast or a lamb stew that is the very best you could possibly make, a joy to your palate and a tribute to your ability as a cook. It will taste far better than any slab of meat you cook automatically by pushing buttons on a microwave oven.
That is how you would cook on a wood-burning stove when nothing is preset. And that is the frame of mind to take into the art of conducting and building a successful business.
– Harold Geneen
Retired chairman, ITT Corporation

A system should be usable before it’s powerful.
– Stewart Alsop

on Sun workstations
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory.
– Theodore Roosevelt

You win through patience.
– Japanese Proverb

When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science.
– Lord Kelvin

Leadership is the ability to persuade others to do those things which they would not normally do otherwise.
– Dwight Eisenhower

Clutter is the sawdust of a busy mind.
– Author Unknown

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
– Benjamin Disraeli

If you always do what you always did– you’ll always get what you always got.
– Nick Barretta

Think big– but start small!
– Hewlett-Packard Company Philosophy

You can’t win the race at the start– but you sure can lose it there.
– Glen Self’s Racing Instructor

To innovate, you have to take risks, risks grounded in sound judgment. It’s instructive to note that the word risk in its original form meant "earning your daily bread." That concept is still true today.
Risk-taking is the very essence of business and management. Effective risk-taking is the hallmark of productive companies and productive managers.
– William D. Smithburg
Chairman & CEO, Quaker Oats

As Marcus Aurelius, I am a citizen of Rome. As a human being, I am a citizen of the world. And I am a citizen of the world before I am Marcus Aurelius.
– Marcus Aurelius
CEO of the Roman Empire

Love is a better teacher than duty.
– Albert Einstein

FDR has everyone’s balls in the air but his own.
­Henry Wallace

If you can’t deal with where you’ve come from, you won’t be able to deal with where you are going.
– Author Unknown

The mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with similar energy.
– Arthur Koestler
Novelist­philosopher

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It will only frustrate you, and annoy the pig.
– Author Unknown

What do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two plus two are four and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them, “Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the world there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed, there has never been a person like you. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything!”
– Pablo Casals

Cellist, conductor, composer
Motivation is like taking a bath. One won’t last a lifetime.
– Norman Vincent Peale

For evil to triumph, it is only necessary that good men do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

What makes a difference in this world is a person who is obsessed with making a difference.
– Truman Cook

In two more years the concept of the nation-state will be hanging from the ceiling of The Smithsonian Institution.
– Luis Martin
Professor of History– SMU
September 9, 1989

Innovation is recognizing opportunity before it becomes obvious to everyone else.
– Gifford Pinchot III

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
– George Bernard Shaw

If I hadn’t met you, I wouldn’t like you.
If I didn’t like you, I wouldn’t miss you.
I did, I do, and I will.
­Mary Nelson
On her retirement from EDS
September 20, 1989

If you could have but one generation of properly born, trained, educated , and happy children, a thousand other problems of government would vanish.
– Herbert Hoover
Opening a White House conference
on child health and protection

Quality is the price of admission to the world market.
– Philip B. Crosby

One of the most important goals of education is to frame questions, rather than to answer them.
– Hy Lyon

A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
– Winston Churchill

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge–
That myth is more potent than history.
I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts–
That hope always triumphs over experience–
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
– Robert Fulghum

If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope for advance.
– Orville Wright

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
– Arthur C. Clarke

Freedom is the maximization of choice.
– John Locke

Americans have no past and no future. They live in an extended present.
– Alexis De Tocqueville
1805­1859

Mr. Atlee is a very modest man. He has much about which to be modest.
­Winston Churchill

The problem is that common sense is not all that common.
– Author Unknown

Successful people surprise the world by doing things that ordinary logical people think are stupid.
– Takami Takahashi

Blessed is the man to whom his work is a pleasure
By whom his friends are encouraged
With whom all are comfortable
In whom a clear conscience abides
And
Through whom his children see God.
– William Arthur Ward

Nothing you ever did will ever be good enough again.
– Scott Christopher, President
Tampa Chamber of Commerce
1951­1978

Mathematics is the only discipline where form is more important than results.
– Bertrand Russell

Russell was wrong. He never considered corporate politics.
– Barry Sullivan

We have not inherited the earth from our forefathers– we have borowed it from our children.
– North American Indian Saying

Anonymous sources often tell more than they know– and reporters who use anonymous sources often tell more than they hear.
– Al Neuharth

Las Vegas was built on the assumption that the average person can outsmart himself.
– Bob Sharpe

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did you best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
– Author Unknown

In all human affairs, the odds are
8 to 5 against.
– Daymon Runyon

Children are living messages we send to a time we will not see.
– Author Unknown

I never trusted a man who didn’t have more than one way to spell a word.
– Andrew Johnson

History does not repeat itself. But it rhymes.
– Mark Twain

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
– Oscar Wilde

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
– George Santayana

Even if you’re on the right road– you’ll still get run over if you sit still.
– Will Rogers

Many minds are like concrete– thoroughly mixed and permanently set.
– Author Unknown

The ayes have it, because I am the aye.
– Abraham Lincoln
Upon being outvoted 8 to 1
at a cabinet meeting

Whether your job is fixing toilets or writing strategic plans, you want some meaning and significance in your work. That’s what total employee involvement is about: It’s transforming people’s perceptions about what they do in organizations.
– James M. Kouzes
President, TPG/Learning Systems
part of the Tom Peters Group

Business needs people who can see and feel their way to the right answers– and into the future.
– Leonard Silk

If you can imagine a foreigner at your desk in the year 2000, then your corporation has made the quantum leap to the next century.
– Donald C. Hambrick &
James W. Fredrickson in
Columbia Business School’s Hermes

You’ve got to think about “big things” when you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
– Alvin Toffler

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
– Abraham Lincoln

It’s never too late to misspend your youth.
– Marcus O’Hara
Owner, The Squeeze Club
Toronto

And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! for you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”
– Luke 11:46

Don’t make work easy or slick– make it meaningful.
– Tom Peters

An expert is someone who doesn’t have to think– he knows.
– Frank Lloyd Wright

A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.
– Trygve Halvdan Lie

The mark of a great mind is the ability to keep contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time.
– Author Unknown

Non-financial performance is a leading indicator for future financial performance.
– Eric Goldfarb
Domino’s Pizza

It’s important in life to distinguish between tragedy and a burnt potato.
– Author Unknown

EIS is the electronic glue that holds decentralized companies together.
– Eric Goldfarb
Domino’s Pizza

A cat, having once walked upon a hot stove, will never walk upon a hot stove again…nor on a cold stove.
– Mark Twain

Information, Bud– That’s the key to the world.
– Gordon Gecko
from the movie Wall Street

Mokita– The truth that everybody knows and nobody speaks.
– New Guinea tribal word

The toughest part about being a success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.
– Irving Berlin

Information is the language and the currency of a global economy.
– Barry Sullivan
May 17, 1990

There is nothing final about a mistake, except its being taken as final.
– Phyllis Buttone
English Author

A major problem will not be solved at the same level of thinking in which you incurred it.
– Albert Einstein

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that results exist only on the outside.
– Peter Drucker in
The New Realities

One learns a subject. One teaches a person.
– Peter Drucker in
The New Realities

Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.
– Dwight Eisenhower

The most valuable of talents is never using two words when one will do.
– Thomas Jefferson

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
– Voltaire

Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.
– Agnes Allen

Virtue is its own reward.
– John Dryden

Virtue is its own revenge.
– E. Y. Harburg

In a woodshop, if everything you’ve got looks like a coping saw and a hammer, what you’ll build will look like a birdhouse no matter how clever you are.
– David Pensak
Du Pont engineer
It’s hard to predict, especially the future.
– Nils Bohr, Physicist

The more you know the easier it is to know more.
– Tony Buzan

There’s no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.
– Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sell yourself…A CEO may not fully grasp the technology, but is likely a good judge of character.
– Tim McCullough
3M Corporation
on AI technology and expert systems

Not to innovate is the single largest reason for the decline of existing organizations. Not to know how to manage is the single largest reason for the failure of new ventures.
– Peter Drucker in
The New Realities

The history of technology shows us that we overestimate what a technology can do for us in a few years and underestimate what it can do for us in a decade or two.
– Edward Feigenbaum, Pamela McCorduck, H. Penny Nii in
The Rise of the Expert Company

Spend 90% of your time on 90% of the problem.
– Bob Ballard’s Grandmother

Memory is creativity born again.
– Tony Buzan

Information is data endowed with relevance and purpose.
– Peter Drucker in
The New Realities

The Eagle
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
– Alfred Tenneyson

Live each day of your life as if this is how you will live the rest of your life.
– Jeff Stewart
The Thomas Group

We would like to be friends with the West, but first we must humiliate them.
– Mr. Yamamoto
Chairman, Fujitsu

Leadership is performance.
– Peter Drucker

Dreams can be fulfilled only when they’ve been defined.
– Ernest L. Boyer
President, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The things you don’t know are the history you haven’t read.
– Harry Truman

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