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...character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion...


Aristotle
...leaders are people who are able to express themselves fully...they know who they are,
what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how to fully deploy their strengths and
compensate for their weaknesses. They also know what they want, why they want it, and
how to communicate what they want to others, in order to gain compensation and
support. Finally, they know how to achieve their goals. The key to full self-expression is
understanding one's self and the world, and the key to understanding is learning--from
one's own life and experience.
Warren Bennis
...leadership is power to endure an ongoing quest for information or influence...not just
actual triumphs like making profits or achieving stated objectives.
Marsha Sinetar
...positive attitudes...come in unlimited quantities. Everybody can have one free!
Harvey Mackay
...power is not really good or bad; it is neutral. Power itself is not negative or positive,
although our feelings about it may be. Power is the potential to influence others for good
or evil, to be a blessing or a scourge. Like nuclear energy, it can provide the electricity to
light a city, or it can fuel the bomb that destroys it.
Blaine Lee
...the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we
esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
Thomas Paine
...until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the
choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise."
Stephen Covey
...we come to beginnings only at the end.
William Bridges
A bold onset is half the battle.
Giuseppe Garibaldi
A chain is as strong as its weakest link.
Danish Proverb
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A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but
also to be wrong.
Thomas Szasz
A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.
Anonymous
A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.
Harvey Mackay
A fellow doesn't last long on what he has done. He has to keep on delivering.
Elbert Hubbard
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
Fr. Jerome Cummings
A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.
General Douglas MacArthur
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which
renew humanity.
Buddha, Indian mystic and founder of Buddhism
A gentle breeze blowing in the right direction is better than a pair of strong oars.
Canary Island Proverb
A gentle hand may lead even an elephant by a single hair.
Iranian Proverb
A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to
them, is swept off his feet.
Confucius
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is
impossible.
Polybius
A kind speech and forgiveness is better than alms followed by injury.
Islamic Proverb

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A leader is a dealer in hope.


Napoleon Bonaparte
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.
Edgar J. Mohn
A life lived in fear is half lived.
Anonymous
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Kahlil Gibran
A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.
Winston Churchill
A man is not old until regrets start taking place of dreams.
Anonymous
A man never likes you so well as when he leaves your company liking himself.
Anonymous
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, from Faust
A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and
for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness
concerning, the main aim of his life.
Samuel Butler
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another
mistake.
Confucius
A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.
Zadok Rabinwitz
A mature man is his own judge. In the end, his only form of support is being faithful to
his own convictions. The advice of others may be welcomed invaluable, but it does not
free him from responsibility.
Dag Hammarskjold

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A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.


Joseph Joubert, French philosopher
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.
Mohammed
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Walter Winchell
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
Ovid
A ship is safe in harbor, but thats not what ships are for.
William Shedd
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Sophocles
A small house will hold a hundred friends.
African Proverb
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Anonymous
A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home.
Anonymous
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
Anonymous
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
Anonymous
A strong person and a waterfall always channel their own path.
Anonymous
A way of life cannot be successful so long as it is mere intellectual conviction. It must
be deeply felt, deeply believed, dominant even in dreams.
Bertrand Russell
A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards.
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Karl Kraus
A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that
contains it. Chinese Proverb

A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Chinese Proverb
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Sir Francis Bacon
A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail
through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of
men.
Henry David Thoreau
Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom with encouragement.
Donald A. Laird
Ability is sexless.
Christabel Pankhurst
Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.
Nigerien Proverb
Accumulate learning by study, understand what you learn by questioning.
Mingjiao, Jiufeng Annals
Acknowledge that you failed, draw your lessons from it, and use it to your advantage to
make sure it never happens again.
Michael Johnson
Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea.
Robert Half
Action is the antidote to despair.
Joan Baez
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Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Action without study is fatal. Study without action is fatal.
Mary Beard
Actions speak louder than words.
English Proverb
Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.
Stephen Covey
Adventure is worthwhile.
Amelia Earhart
Adversity is the diamond dust that heaven polishes its jewels with.
Leighton
Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it.
Horace
Adversity it sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity,
there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle
Advice after the mischief is like medicine after death.
Danish proverb
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
Lord Chesterfield
After all is said and done, there is usually more said than done.
Anonymous
Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only
a tough decision waiting to be made.
Robert H. Schuller
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Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken
with painstaking excellence.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
All men are created equal. Government by consent of the governed. Give me liberty or
give me death. And those are not just clever words, and those are not just empty
theories.
President Lyndon Johnson
All men dream, but unequally. Those that dream at night in the dusty recesses of their
minds awake the next day to find that their dreams were just vanity. But those who dream
during the day with their eyes wide open are dangerous men; they act out their dreams to
make them reality.
Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia
All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
Henry David Thoreau
All of the most successful human beings I've know were inwardly at war with
themselves. Their turmoil was at least as great as our own, and sometimes greater. What
distinguished these leaders was not some inner peace but rather how they had learned to
organize their lives around a noble ambition and to focus on it.
Walter Anderson
All of us, in the flow of feeling we have pleased, want to do more to please.
William James
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live
beyond its income.
Samuel Butler
All progress occurs because people dare to be different
Harry Milner
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom;
justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.
Winston Churchill
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All the technology in the world will never replace a positive attitude.
Harvey Mackay
All things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second
creation of all things. You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really
what you want, that you've thought everything through. Then you put it into bricks and
mortar. Each day you go to the construction shed and pull out the blueprint to get
marching orders for the day. You begin with the end in mind.
Stephen Covey
All things come to those who wait, but when they come they're out of date.
Anonymous
All work is empty save when there is love.
Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer
Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They
see it; they feel it; they experience it before they actually do it. They began with the end
in mind. You can do it in every area of your life. Before performance, a sales
presentation, a difficult confrontation, or the daily challenge of meeting a goal, see it
clearly, vividly, relentlessly, over and over again. Create an internal "comfort zone."
Then, when you get into the situation, it isn't foreign. It doesn't scare you.
Stephen Covey
Almost any idea is good if a man has ability and is willing to work hard. The best idea is
worthless if the creator is a loafer and ineffective.
William Feather
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Helen Keller
Along with trustworthiness, consistency is the thing to look for when you surround
yourself with people who can help you on your quest.
Michael Johnson
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any
one thing.
Abraham Lincoln
Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.
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John Churton Collins


An Arabian proverb says there are four sorts of men: He who knows not and knows not
he knows not: he is a fool--shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not: he is
simple--teach him. He who knows and knows not he knows: he is asleep--wake him. He
who knows and knows he knows: he is wise--follow him
Lady Isabel Burton
An army of a thousand is easy to find, but, ah, how difficult to find a general.
Chinese proverb
An army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions.
Napoleon Bonaparte
An avoidance of true communication is tantamount to a relinquishment of my selfbeing; if I withdraw from it I am betraying not only the other but myself.
Karl Jaspers
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you
know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.
Anatole France
An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he
always decides.
John H. Patterson
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his
individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may
wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Buddha
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every
opportunity.
Winston Churchill
And he can make, so say the wise, no claim who makes no sacrifice.
Samuel Coleridge

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And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body;
and be yet thankful.
Colossians 3:15
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Publilius Syrus
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein
Anyone who thinks the sky is the limit, has limited imagination.
Anonymous
Anything that we have to learn we learn by the actual doing of it ... we become just by
performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave
ones.
Aristotle, Ethics
Are we to love only those who deserve our love? Ye have heard that it hath been said,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your
enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father
which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:43-45
Are you fit company for the person you wish to become?
Anonymous
As a mother of teenagers, do you know how many times I picked up the phone to
apologize to my own mother?
Christy Borgeld
As a principle-centered person you try to stand apart from the emotion of the situation
and from other factors that would act on you, and evaluate the options. Looking at the
balanced whole--the work needs, the family needs, the other needs that may be involved,
and the possible implications of the various alternatives--you'll try to come up with the
best solution taking all factors into consideration.
Stephen Covey
As strong as my legs are, it is my mind that has made me a champion.
Michael Johnson
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As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela
As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness
will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within,
rather than by people's opinions or by comparisons to others.
Stephen Covey
As you think in your heart, so shall you be.
Proverbs, 23:7
Ask for advice but do what you think is best.
Greek proverb
At every moment during our existence we are all called to be leaders, if for no other
purpose than to lead ourselves.
John P. Strelecky
At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are
found.
Hudson newsletter
Attitude determines altitude.
Anonymous
Authentic leaders have absorbed the fundamental fact of existence -- that you can't get
around life's inherent contradictions. The leadership mind is spacious. It has ample room
for the ambiguities of the world, for conflicting feelings, and for contradictory ideas. I
believe that the central leadership attribute is the ability to manage polarity.
Peter Koestenbaum
Bad friends prevent you from having good friends.
Gabonese Proverb
Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.
Stephen Covey
Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.
Stephen Covey

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Be happy. Its one way of being wise.


Sidonie Gabrielle
Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there.
Harvey Mackay
Be like the turtle. If he didn't stick his neck out, he wouldn't get anywhere at all.
Harvey Mackay
Be loyal to people in their absence. Then watch how others begin having more faith and
confidence in you, because they know you won't be talking about them behind their
backs.
Stephen Covey
Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
Confucius
Be patient with your enemies and forgiving of your friends.
Afghan Proverb
Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater
investment.
Stephen Covey
Be the change you want to see in the world
Ghandi
Be useful where thou livest.
George Herbert
Be who you are in every situation.
Michael Johnson
Before we can forgive one another, we must understand one another
Emma Goldman
Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world.
So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.
Helen Keller
Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
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Chinese Proverb
Between stimulus and response is our greatest power -- the freedom to choose.
Stephen Covey
Between stimulus and response, one has the freedom to choose.
Stephen Covey
Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
Ella Williams
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. - Matthew
5:9

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.
Lydia Maria Child
Boldness in business is the first, second and third thing.
English proverb
Boldness, more boldness, and always boldness!
George Jacques Danton
But inaction itself is a kind of action, and it has consequences. Consistently and
absolutely maintained, inaction would necessarily lead to swift ruin; it would be a form
of suicide. A refusal to enter into the world is a refusal to meet the challenge of reality
which darkly demands that I dare and find out what will happen. In my situation I bear
responsibility for what occurs because I do not intervene; if I can do something and I
don't do it, I am guilty of the consequences of my inaction.
Karl Jaspers
But we cannot avoid conflict, conflict with society, other individuals and with oneself.
Conflicts may be the sources of defeat, lost life and a limitation of our potentiality but
they may also lead to greater depth of living and the birth of more far-reaching unities,
which flourish in the tensions that engender them.
Karl Jaspers
But were we burthen'd with like weight of pain, As much, or more, we should ourselves
complain.
William Shakespeare
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Censure is often useful, praise often deceitful.


Winston Churchill
Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life
meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're
what make the instrument stretch-what make you go beyond the norm.
Anonymous
Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it.
Change is a challenge and an opportunity; not a threat.
Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.
Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to
satisfy them.
Henry Steele Commager
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
Change yourself, change your fortunes.
Portuguese Proverb
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
Philip Brooks
Children are the reward of life.
Congolese Proverb
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
Harold Hulbert
Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction
Anne Sullivan
Come forth into the light of things; Let nature be your Teacher.
William Wordsworth

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Conflict itself is, of course, a sign of relative health as you would know if you ever met
really apathetic people, really hopeless people, people who have given up hoping,
striving, and coping.
Abraham Maslow
Consider the little mouse how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts his life to
one whole only
Plautus
Constant dripping hollows out a stone.
Lucretius
Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential.
Winston Churchill
Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing
of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you
may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:24, RSV
Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Courage is a moral quality; it is not a chance gift of nature like an aptitude for games. It
is a cold choice between two alternatives, the fixed resolve not to quit; an act of
renunciation which must be made not once but many times by the power of the will.
Courage is will power.
Lord Moran
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
Courage is not a virtue of value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is
the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values.
Without courage our love pales into mere dependency. Without courage our fidelity
becomes conformism.
Rollo May
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more
important than fear.
Ambrose Redmoon
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Courage is the first of the human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all
the others.
Winston Churchill
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down
and listen.
Winston Churchill
Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality. How cruelly short is the allotted span for all
we must cram into it.
Winston Churchill
Deep down inside of all of us is the power to accomplish what we want to, if we'll just
stop looking elsewhere.
Harvey Mackay
Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.
Bruce Lee
Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what
they want through their own efforts. Interdependent people combine their own efforts
with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.
Stephen Covey
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Abraham Lincoln
Devotion is a choice to focus one's being in a certain way, to bring one's faith,
commitment, creativity, and love into coordination with a particular value and purpose.
J.F.T. Bugental
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by
conflict.
William Ellery Channing
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body.
Seneca
Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise
assists digestion.
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Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Jim Rohn
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
Oscar Wilde
Discontent is the source of all trouble, but also of all progress, in individuals and
nations.
Berthold Auerbach
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything
simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply
because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on
the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have
been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you
find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and
all, then accept it and live up to it.
Buddha
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a
trail.
Harold R. McAlindon
Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
Czech Proverb
Do not wait for ideal circumstances; they will never come; nor for the best
opportunities.
Janet Erskine Stuart
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague
Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?
George Eliot

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Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a
mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it--immediately.
Stephen Covey
Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.
Anonymous
Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
David Ogilvy
Don't call me a saint - I don't want to be dismissed that easily.
Dorothy Day
Don't fall victim to your own melodrama. Keep things in perspective. The odds are that
your problem is solvable. Address the solution and don't dwell on the problem to the
point at which it paralyzes you.
Harvey Mackay
Don't fear, just live right.
Neal A. Maxwell
Don't take no for an answer, never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off with mere
personal success or acceptance. You will make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you
are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously
distress her. She was made to be wooed by youth.
Winston Churchill
Don't wait for a funeral to pay a compliment. You may not make it in time.
Harvey Mackay
Don't water your weeds.
Harvey Mackay
Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped
possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
Dr. Dale Turner
Each action can be the one on which all depends; what is decisive is only the strength
and concentration of hallowing with which I do it. To the question of what had been the
most essential matter for his late teacher, a disciple answered, 'Always just what he was
engaged in at the moment.'
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Martin Buber
Each human organism is conceived with a potential for becoming a complete human
being--as a seed contains the potential for becoming a complete plant. But his becoming
may be completed in an infinite variety of ways.
Francis Wilson
Each person born into this world represents something new, something that never
existed before, something original and unique.
Martin Buber
Each person's life is a story that is telling itself in the living.
William Bridges
Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes
out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
Robert F. Kennedy
Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what
is worth reading.
G. M. Trevelyan British historian
Education is one of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.
William Lowe Bryan
Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and
the power to appreciate life.
Brigham Young
Education means inspiring someones mind, not just filling their head.
Katie Lusk
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes
Effective people are not problem-minded; they're opportunity-minded. They feed
opportunities and starve problems.
Stephen Covey
Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.
Harvey Mackay
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Even when change is elective, it will disorient you. You may go through anxiety. You
will miss aspects of your former life. It doesn't matter. The trick is to know in advance of
making any big change that you're going to be thrown off your feet by it. So you prepare
for this inevitable disorientation and steady yourself to get through it. Then you take the
challenge, make the change, and achieve your dream.
Harvey Mackay
Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of
course and prescriptive right.
Aldous Huxley
Every choice one makes either expands or contracts the area in which he can make and
implement future decisions. When one makes a choice, he irrevocably binds himself to
the consequences of that choice.
Marion G. Romney
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.
Henry David Thoreau
Every hand does its part to hold up the world

Every healthy individual guides his life by a selected motive which takes precedence
over all the others. He is the man who maintains his integrity in the midst of change, his
individuality in the face of external pressures to conform.
Hubert Bonner
Every human heart is human.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Every leader needs to have experienced and grown through following -- learning to be
dedicated, observant, capable of working with and learning from others, never servile,
always truthful. Having located these qualities in himself, he can encourage them in
others.
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Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given
away.
Persian Proverb
Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts as
the Columbus to his own soul.
Sir J. Stephen
Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and
always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only
once in this way, and never again.
Herman Hesse
Every shot you don't take is a guaranteed miss.
Richard Saunders
Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.
Anonymous
Everyone's life is an object lesson to others.
Karl G. Maeser
Examine the opportunities, the challenges youve given yourself.
Michael Johnson
Example sheds a genial ray which men are apt to borrow, so first improve yourself
today, and then your friends tomorrow.
Anonymous
Excellence is more fun than mediocrity.
Leonard Berry
Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it
again.
Anonymous
Experience is not what happens to a man, it's what a man does with what happens to
him.
Aldous Huxley
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
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Oscar Wilde
Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
Benjamin Disraeli
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a
few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Jim Rohn
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
Anonymous
Failures don't plan to fail; they fail to plan.
Harvey Mackay
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work
worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered
by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt
Fathers are like a lighthouse when there is fog his children can always depend on
seeing the light.
Christy Borgeld
Fear is the parent of cruelty.
J.A. Froude
Fear nothing, for every renewed effort raises all former failures into lessons, all sins into
experience.
Unknown
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are
appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the
kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
Virginia Satir
Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life.
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Harvey Mackay
Find the good -- and praise it.
Alex Haley
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus
Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn
nothing.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Follow peace with all men.
Hebrews 12:14
For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.
John Greenleaf Whittier
For children to take morality seriously they must be in the presence of adults who take
morality seriously. And with their own eyes they must see adults take morality seriously.
William J. Bennett
For hope is but the dream of those that wake.
Matthew Prior
For if one is unable to assert oneself, one is unable to participate in a genuine
relationship.
Rollo May
For myself, I am an optimist--it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
Winston Churchill
For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps
thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The
things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.
Donald Williams
Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.
Epictetus
Fortune favors the brave.
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Fractures well cured make us more strong.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to
mold ourselves.
Rollo May
Freedom requires the capacity to accept, bear and live constructively with anxiety. I
refer of course to the normal anxiety all of us experience at every step in our
psychological growth as well as in this upset contemporary world. To be free means to
face and bear anxiety; to run away from anxiety means automatically to surrender one's
freedom.
Rollo May
Friends are made by many acts...and lost by only one.
Harvey Mackay
Friendship doubles joy and halves grief.
Egyptian Proverb
Friendship is not born of words alone.
Armenian Proverb
From Freud we learned that the past exists now in the person. Now we must learn, from
growth theory and self-actualization theory that the future also now exists in the person in
the form of ideals, hopes, duties, tasks, plans, goals, unrealized potentials, mission, fate,
destiny, etc. One for whom no future exists is reduced to the concrete, to hopelessness, to
emptiness.
Abraham Maslow
From success to failure is one step; from failure to success is a long road.
Yiddish Proverb
Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
Alfred North Whitehead
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The
wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I
lift me lamp beside the golden door.
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Emma Lazarus, American poet: inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York
Giving people a little more than they expect is a good way to get back more than you'd
expect.
Robert Half
Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
Confucius
Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build
with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is
accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.
Lao Tzu
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog
Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to
keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of
life.
Harvey Mackay
God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed.
Bambara Proverb
God gives us our relatives - thank God we can choose our friends.
Ethel Watts Mumford
Good fortune and bad are equally necessary to man, to fit him to meet the contingencies
of this life.
French Proverb
Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.
Harvey Mackay
Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become
easy.
Bill Blackman
Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
William Ellery Channing
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Great men are not always wise.


Job 32:9
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein
Growth in personality occurs as a consequence of meeting conflicts and impasses head
on, and reconciling them. Interpersonal conflicts and impasses constitute problems which
require solutions so that a satisfying relationship may be maintained. Whenever a person
encounters a problem in his everyday living, he is obliged to vary his behavior until he
discovers some mode of responding which is successful in achieving a solution.
Sidney Jourard
Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice
what we want now for what we want eventually.
Stephen Covey
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk
life, to be needed.
Storm Jameson
Happiness consists of a solid faith, good health, and a bad memory.
Ingrid Bergman
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward
circumstances.
Benjamin Franklin
Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.
Aristotle
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
Leo Tolstoy
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
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Happiness is a state of activity.


Aristotle
Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Burton Hills
Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
Alice Meynell
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret B. Runbeck
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the byproduct of other activities.
Aldous Huxley
Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
Anonymous
Happiness is the indication that man has found the answer to the problem of human
existence: the productive realization of his potentialities and thus, simultaneously, being
one with the world and preserving the integrity of his self.
Erich Fromm
Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
J. Petit Senn
Happiness itself does not stay -- only moments of happiness do.
Spanish Proverb
Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in
the soul.
Democritus
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come
true.
Leon J. Suenes
Hard work often leads to success. No work seldom does.
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Hardening of the heart ages people faster than hardening of the arteries.
Anonymous
Hatred stirreth up strifes, but love covereth all sins.
The Book of Proverbs
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow
tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will
renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow
weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31
He that has done nothing has known nothing.
Thomas Carlyle
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin
He that would be a leader must be a bridge.
Welsh Proverb
He who conquers himself has won a greater victory than he who conquers a city.
Proverbs
He who dares nothing need hope for nothing.
Anonymous
He who has great power should use it lightly.
Seneca
He who has hope has everything.
Arabian Proverb
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
Solon
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
Aristotle
He who hesitates is lost.
Proverb
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He who knows all the answers has not yet been asked all the questions.
Author unknown
He who lends to the poor gets his interest from God.
German Proverb
He who lives without discipline dies without honor.
Icelandic Proverb
He who praises another enriches himself far more than he does the one praised. To
praise is an investment in happiness. The poorest human being has something to give that
the richest could not buy.
George Matthew Adams
He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in
his whole being.
Paul Tillich
He who seeks rest finds boredom....He who seeks work finds rest.
Anonymous
He who speaks the loudest is the least heard.
Robert Half
He who treads the path of love walks a thousand meters as if it were only one.
Japanese Proverb
Hell is the knowledge of opportunity lost; the place where the man I am comes face to
face with the man I might have been.
Anonymous
History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is
men, real, living, who do all this.
Karl Marx
Honesty characterizes the person and enables him to create an identity, to communicate
a real presence, and to establish authentic bonds with others. The individual increasingly
comes to know who he is through the stand he takes when he expresses his ideas, values,
beliefs, and convictions, and through the declaration and ownership of his feelings.
Clark Moustakas
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Honesty is the best image.


Tom Wilson
Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to
perform shall cease to exist.
Mary Kay Ash
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson
Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
F.M. Hubbard
Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not
the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are
obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is
good.
Vaclav Havel
Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.
Anonymous
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.
Emily Dickenson
How a man plays a game shows something of his character, how he loses shows all of
it.
Anonymous
How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires, when we are using
our knowledge all the time?
Henry David Thoreau
How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and
keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really
matters most.
Stephen Covey

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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate
with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Annie Dillard
How you react when the joke's on you can reveal your character.
Robert Half
Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.
Bill Cosby
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience
of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Douglas Adams
I always try to turn my personal struggles into something helpful for others.
Henri Nouwen
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Thomas A. Edison
I am not sure I should have dared to start; but I am sure that I should not have dared to
stop.
Winston Churchill
I am resolved that I will not through my humility become the devil's attorney. I will
endeavor to speak a good word for the truth.
Henry David Thoreau
I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred
that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. . . . If we let our
friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover,
no true friend.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Men are not superior by
reason of the accidents of race or color. They are superior who have the best heart the
best brain.
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Robert Ingersoll
I believe that it is better to learn from the diverse people around us than to try in vain to
emulate them, better to be a teacher than a role model. As strong as my legs are, it is my
mind that has made me a champion.
Michael Johnson
I can change. I can live out my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to
my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.
Stephen Covey
I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess,
and the way to develop the best in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. I
believe in giving people incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find
fault. I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise.
Charles Schwab
I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward.
Firdtjof Nansen
I do not cast my eyes away from my troubles. I pack them in as little compass as I can
for myself, and never let them annoy others.
Robert Southey
I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it parts for the time with
reality.
Winston Churchill
I do not think much of a man who does not know more today than he did yesterday.
Abraham Lincoln
I feel like a tiny bird with a big song!
Jerry Van Amerongen
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its
creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and
endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in
common hours.
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Henry David Thoreau


I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than attempting to
satisfy them.
John Stuart Mills
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Winston Churchill
I know that many people feel that old age is a time to take it easy, but I compare my life
now to being the last runner in a relay race. Would you have me slow down as I near the
finish line?
Diogenes
I light my candle from their torches.
Robert Burton
I never worry about action, but only about inaction.
Winston Churchill
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going
away and doing the exact opposite.
G. K. Chesterton
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the
moment, I still have a dream.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., twentieth-century American civil rights leader
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the
moment, I still have a dream.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We
must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence
encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Elie Wiesel
I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people
that call others weird that are weird.
Paul McCartney

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I want everyone to be the way I strive to become -- to be himself in his truth. Do not
follow me; follow yourself!' is the existential challenge. Self-being awakens self-being
but does not force itself on it.
Karl Jaspers
I was never tired of listening to his wisdom or imparting my own.
Winston Churchill
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather have one walk beside me than
merely point the way.
David O. McKay
Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the
seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following
them, you reach your destiny.
Carl Schurz
Ideals serve well as our guides. They are like beacons on a journey; they do not permit
us to tarry, as though our goal and rest were already contained in them.
Karl Jaspers
Ideas become powerful only if they appear in the flesh; an idea which does not lead to
action by the individual and by groups remains at best a paragraph or a footnote in a
book--provided the idea is original and relevant. It is like a seed stored in a dry place. If
the idea is to have influence, it must be put into the soil, and the soil is people and groups
of people.
Erich Fromm
Ideas without action are worthless.
Harvey Mackay
Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them.
Alfred Whitefield
If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is
required of him, he is a free man.
Chinese Proverb
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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If a profound gulf separates my neighbor's belief from mine, there is always the golden
bridge of tolerance.
Anonymous
If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.
Tom Peters
If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything
goes really good, then you did it.
Paul "Bear" Bryant
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
William Edward Hickson
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you
are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If I can line up the people who, back through the ages, have gone at life in ways I
greatly admire, then I can feel their strength supporting me, all their standards and values
pointing the way in which I am to go.
Bonaro W. Overstreet
If I were required to guess off-hand, and without collusion with higher minds, what is
the bottom cause of the amazing material and intellectual advancement of the last fifty
years, I should guess that it was the modern-born and previously non-existent disposition
on the part of men to believe that a new idea can have value.
Mark Twain
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:18
If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best grace possible.
Winston Churchill
If our thoughts and hopes are elsewhere, it is impossible to set our faces steadily toward
the work required of us.
Anonymous
If people find fault with you and try to put you into bad light, wrongly slandering and
vilifying you, just step back and observe yourself. Don't harbor any dislike, don't enter
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into it any contests, and don't get upset, angry, or resentful. Just cut right through it and
be as if you never or saw it. Eventually malevolent pests will disappear of themselves. If
you contend with them, then a bad name will bounce back and forth with never an end in
sight.
Zen master Yuanwu
If the going is real easy, beware, you may be headed down hill.
Anonymous
If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the
wrong place faster.
Stephen Covey
If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
Lucy Larcom
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Frederick Douglass
If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
Winston Churchill
If to do good were easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches,
and poor men's cottages princes' palaces.
William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)
If we all tired to make other peoples paths easy, our own feet would have a smooth even
place to walk on.
Myrtle Reed, American writer
If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true, there
would be little hope of advance.
Orville Wright
If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children.
Mahatma Gandhi
If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the
future.
Winston Churchill

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If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?


Joe Namath
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward
If you can't accept losing, you can't win.
Vince Lombardi
If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.
Thomas Fuller
If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
St. Clement of Alexandra
If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.
Yogi Berra
If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them.
Anonymous
If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think
about it.
Mary Engelbreit
If you face a delicate situation, don't go into it wearing your spurs or you'll rip it apart.
Instead, dress for the occasion. Cloak yourself in diplomacy. Vest yourself with wisdom,
and wear a smile.
Anne Mackay Thompson
If you feel you have no faults ... there's another one.
Anonymous
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should
be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any
time, and you would achieve nothing.
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If you know peace, then you thrive; if you know contentment, then you are rich.
Su Shi
If you mean to profit, learn to please.
Winston Churchill
If you only look at what is, you might never attain what could be.
Anonymous
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain
If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.
Anonymous
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their
shoulders.
Abigail Van Buren
If you want to be creative in your company, your career, your life, all it takes is one easy
step...the extra one. When you encounter a familiar plan, you just ask one question:
"What ELSE could we do?"
Dale Dauten
If you want to get the best out of a man, you must look for the best that is in him.
Bernard Haldane
If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in
them.
Harvey Mackay
If you would create something, you must be something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you would live your life with ease; do what you ought, not what you please.
Anonymous
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you
are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

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If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.


Jonathan Winters
If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel
good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Anna Quindlen
If you're not sure where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else.
Anonymous
If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create
perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.
Stephen Covey
Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
Edmund Spenser
I'm going to stop procrastinating ... once I get around to it.
Anonymous
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein
Immaturity can last a lifetime.
Robert Half
In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts
of trivia.
Author Unknown
In addition to self-awareness, imagination, and conscience, it is the fourth human
endowment -- independent will -- that really makes effective self-management possible.
It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the
ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have
developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how
to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.
Stephen Covey
In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle

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In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best
thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt
In each man there is a priceless treasure that is in no other... Every man's foremost task
is the actualization of his unique, unprecedented and never-recurring potentialities, and
not the repetition of something that another, and be it even the greatest, has already
achieved.
Martin Buber
In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
Victor Cousins
In love beggar and king are equal.
Indian Proverb
In order to accept change and the suffering it brings, we need to find meaning in it
Mary Norton Gordon
In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down.
Brian Weir
In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Author unknown
In order to grasp the reality, we must see the possibilities. In the present, a formulation
of the possibilities is the area in which I gain uncertainty concerning what I decide;
without a vision of the possibilities, I act blindly; only a knowledge of the possibilities
enables me to know what I am actually doing.
Karl Jaspers
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.
John Churton Collins
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of
a single individual.
Galileo Galilei
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
Albert Schweitzer

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In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.


Albert Careb
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Dalai Lama
In the space age the most important space is between the ears.
Anne Armstrong
In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.
Henry W. Longfellow
Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy
only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced
regularly, consistently, almost daily in people's lives. It requires enormous personal
security and openness and a spirit of adventure.
Stephen Covey
Inspiration and genius--one and the same.
Victor Hugo
Instill great values in your children today and your grandchildren will prosper
tomorrow.
Christy Borgeld
Instruction does not prevent wasted time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often
the best teachers of all.
James Anthony Froude
Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
Anonymous
Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil--the
silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of
what man really is, not what he pretends to be.
William George Jordan
Into the house where joy lives, happiness will gladly come.
Japanese Proverb
It doesn't matter how much milk you spill as long as you don't lose the cow.
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Harvey Mackay
It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov
It helps to write down half a dozen things which are worrying me. Two of them, say,
disappear; about two nothing can be done, so it's no use worrying; and two perhaps can
be settled.
Winston Churchill
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Winston Churchill
It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut
alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.)
Latin Proverb
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look farther than you can see.
Winston Churchill
It is amazing how much people can get done if they do not worry about who gets the
credit.
Sandra Swinney
It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by
fear.
Terence
It is better to do the wrong thing than to do nothing.
Winston Churchill
It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb
It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
Anonymous
It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow.
Anonymous
It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.
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Seneca
It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing
up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a
thousand obstacles.
Washington Irving
It is love that makes the impossible possible.
Indian Proverb
It is never too late to be what we might have been
George Eliot
It is no use saying "we are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is
necessary.
Winston Churchill
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that
they are difficult.
Seneca
It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of
health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through
exertion, the value of rest.
Greek Proverb
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see
the other and honor him for what he is.
Hermann Hesse
It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
Margaret Thatcher
It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them 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 short again and again; who knows great
enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best,
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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 timid souls who
know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt
It is not the job of the general to be winning. It is his job to win.
Nancy Banks-Smith
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
Seneca
It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
Henry Ward Beecher
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
Aristotle
It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
Alec Bourne
It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work.
Anonymous
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to
what he has.
Henry Ward Beecher
It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth
to imagination.
Henry David Thoreau
It is the surmounting of difficulties that make heroes.
Louis Kossuth
It is the very essence of good leadership to give away all credit for positive achievement,
to identify only team goals and always to refer to them as such.
Joe Klock
It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What's tough is being good every
day.
Willie Mays
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It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all
persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, selfrealization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity,
productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the
person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be.
Abraham Maslow
It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. And
never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.
Bishop Desmond Tutu
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather
than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in
fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Stephen Covey
It takes a whole village to raise a child.
African Proverb
It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, Always do what you are
afraid to do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent.
Anonymous
It's easier to remember when you are right than when the other person was right.
Robert Half
It's nice to be the best, but not when being the best brings out the worst in you.
Rodney Dangerfield
It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
Winston Churchill
It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
Roy Disney
It's to be expected that you make mistakes when you're breaking new ground.
Jerry Greenfield, cofounder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream
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Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in
life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Mother Teresa
Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.
Melba Colgrove
Just because we increase the speed of information doesn't mean we can increase the
speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our
culture.
Dale Dauten
Just because you make a mistake doesnt mean you are a mistake.
Georgette Mosbacher
Just smiling can do wonders for your attitude

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
Keep in mind that you are always saying "no" to something. If it isn't to the apparent,
urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things.
Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your
unique contribution, if you let it.
Stephen Covey
Kind words conquer.
Tamil Proverb
Kindness is a language which the dumb can speak, the deaf can understand.
C.N. Bovee
Kindness is always fashionable.
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Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get
anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this
inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.
Emmanuel Swedenborg
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of
wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin
Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love...Kindness is
good will. Kindness says, I want you to be happy.
Randolph Ray
Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique
and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.
Margaret Laurence
Know thyself was the inscription over the Oracle at Delphi. And it is still the most
difficult task any of us faces. But until you truly know yourself, strengths and
weaknesses, know what you want to do and why you want to do it, you cannot succeed in
any but the most superficial sense of the word. The leader never lies to himself, especially
about himself, knows his flaws as well as his assets, and deals with them directly. You are
your own raw material. When you know what you consist of and why you want to make
of it, then you can invent yourself.
Warren Bennis
Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon...everything's
different.
Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Knowing means to penetrate through the surface, in order to arrive at the roots, and
hence the causes; knowing means to "see" reality in its nakedness. Knowing does not
mean to be in the possession of the truth; it means to penetrate the surface and to strive
critically and actively in order to approach truth ever more closely.
Erich Fromm
Knowledge is proud that she knows so much; Wisdom is humble that she knows no
more.
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William Cowper
Knowledge is proud that she knows so much; wisdom is humble that she knows no
more.
Cowper
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayana
Knowledge work is all about how we use one another's time and attention. Given just
minutes, good leaders can affect how we think, what we decide, and, ultimately, what we
create.
Bill Jensen
Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can
shorten it.
Cullen Hightower
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his
views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.
Albert Einstein
Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the
person who fails.
Robert Half
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
Woodrow Wilson
Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to
do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.
Max DePree
Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he
wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Learning acquired in youth is an inscription on stone.
Indian Proverb
Learning karate requires self-control and discipline
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Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
Carl Sandburg
Let he him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince
himself.
Thomas Carlyle
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Socrates
Let thy words be few.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 from Words of Wisdom
Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain
Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of
peace.
Mother Teresa, Albanian Roman Catholic missionary in India
Let us strive on to finish the work we are in...
Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your
Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:15 (see also v.14- 16)
Let's not confuse hasty decisions with strength or intelligence. It's important to be
decisive - after giving consideration that reflects the time you have and what's at stake.
Bill Blackman
Let's not just transform those in need, we can also find ways to help transform those in
power.
Anonymous
Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.
Mary MacCracken
Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
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Viktor Frankl
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
Danny Kaye
Life is a great story. It's just that sometimes we forget we are the author and can write it
however we want.
John P. Strelecky
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
John Lennon
Life must be lived on a higher plane. We must go up to a higher platform, to which we
are always invited to ascend; there, the whole aspect of things changes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life without a purpose is a languid, drifting thing; every day we ought to review our
purpose, saying to ourselves, 'This day let me make a sound beginning
Thomas Kempis
Lifes most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you
discover who you are.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Listen with regard when others talk. Give your time and energy to others; let others have
their own way; do things for reasons other than furthering your own needs.
Larry Scherwitz
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen Covey

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Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave
behind us footprints in the sands of time.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Look at every situation as if you were in the future and you were looking back on it.
General Peter Schoomaker
Look at the weaknesses of others with compassion, not accusation. It's not what they're
not doing or should be doing that's the issue. The issue is your own chosen response to
the situation and what you should be doing. If you start to think the problem is "out
there," stop yourself. That thought is the problem.
Stephen Covey
Look back on times of adversity with hope for the future, not regret for the past

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present,
it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a
hand.
E. E. Hale
Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you
cease not from digging.
Marcus Aurelius
Love - the feeling - is a fruit of love, the verb.
Stephen Covey
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
Anonymous
Love sees roses without thorns.
German Proverb
Love understands all languages.
Romanian Proverb
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
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Luck is when opportunity knocks, and you answer.
Anonymous
Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.
Zig Ziglar
Make no mistake, my friend, it takes more than money to make men rich.
A. P. Gouthey
Make the second effort your second nature.
Harvey Mackay
Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what
he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep
disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land
grows poorer and uglier every day.
Anton Chekhov, author
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot
be changed.
Tom Clancy
Man is a ladder placed on the earth and the top of it touches heaven. And all his
movements and doings and words leave traces in the upper world.
Martin Buber
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway
Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment.
Rene Dubos
Many have encountered and overcome the challenge of homelessness

Many men go fishing all their lives not knowing it is not fish they are after.
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Henry David Thoreau


Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have, if we didn't spend
half of our time wishing.
Anonymous
Many people may listen, but few people actually hear.
Harvey Mackay
Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other
areas. But can it really? True effectiveness requires balance.
Stephen Covey
May you live all the days of your life.
Jonathan Swift
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.
Thomas Carlyle
Men spend their lives in anticipations,in determining to be vastly happy at some
period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every otherit
is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of
pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long,
we shall find that both are soured by age.
Charles Caleb Colton
Men stumble over the truth from time to time but most pick themselves up and hurry off
as if nothing happened.
Winston Churchill
Minds are like parachutes, they function only when open.
Anonymous
Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.
Ovid
Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success
conceals his weakness, his weak points.
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Horace
Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are:
precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake,
which, at least, others can learn from.
Al Franken
Most ball games are lost, not won.
Casey Stengel
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have
kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie
Most people don't get much praise in daily life, but we all need it very much. I think
receiving praise makes us brave. Down deep we really know our worth, but we don't have
easy access to that knowledge. We need to hear praise coming from outside ourselves or
we won't remember that we deserve it.
Barbara Sher
Most people resist change, so a key part of innovating is convincing other people that
your idea is a good one--by enlisting their help, and, in doing so, by helping them see the
usefulness of the idea.
Art Fry
Motherhood qualified me to let the child within come out and play.
Christy Borgeld
Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as
though we were making the first step toward disaster.
William Bridges
My fathers planted for me, and I planted for my children.
Hebrew Proverb
My friends are my estate.
Emily Dickinson
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your
failure.
Abraham Lincoln
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My life is my message.
Mahatma Ghandi
My parents told me that I could do and be anything I really wanted. I believed them.
Molly McDonald
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
The Dalai Lama
Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to
be filled.
Henry David Thoreau
Nature does nothing uselessly.
Aristotle
Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him
power.
Anonymous
Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Plato
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is
the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
Never give an order that can't be obeyed.
General Douglas MacAuthur
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large
or petty--never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Winston Churchill
Never giving up and pushing forward will unlock all the potential we are capable of.
Christy Borgeld

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Never live in the past but always learn from it.


Anonymous
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
William Makepeace Thackeray, British Writer
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to
command.
Alan Watts
Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today.
English Proverb
Never say die.
Proverb
Never say more than is necessary.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with
their ingenuity.
George Patton
Never, never, never give up.
Winston Churchill
No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.
Aesop, Greek fabulist
No fate is worse than a life without a love.
Mexican Proverb
No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his
success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.
Philip Armour
No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No involvement, no commitment.
Stephen Covey
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No legacy is so rich as honesty.


William Shakespeare
No limits are set to the ascent of man, and to each and everyone the highest stands open.
Here it is only your personal choice that decides.
Martin Buber
No man can stand on top because he is put there.
H. H. Vreeland
No man is free who is not master of himself.
Epictetus
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln
No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Publilius Syrus
No man is wise enough by himself.
Plautus
No matter how big government gets, and no matter how many services it provides, it can
never take the place of volunteers.
Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president
No one became poor by giving alms.
French Proverb
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt
No one is more definite about the solution than the one who doesn't understand the
problem.
Robert Half
No one is so poor as an ignorant person.
Hebrew Proverb

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No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the
world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov
Nobody ever helps me into carriages or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place.
And aint I a woman? Look at me! I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns
and no man could head me. And aint I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much
as a man when I could get it and hear the lash as well. And aint I a woman> I have
borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my
mothers grief, none but Jesus heard me. And aint I a woman?
Sojourner Truth
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a
little.
Edmund Burke
None are homely who smile.
Robert Half
Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
Erich Fromm
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose--a point on
which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Mary Shelley
Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one
unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
Jane Addams
Nothing endures but change.
Heraclitus
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.


John Heywood, sixteenth-century English poet
Nothing is more honorable than enlightenment, nothing is more beautiful than virtue.
Mingjiao, Tanquin Annals
Nothing is more validating and affirming than feeling understood. And the moment a
person begins feeling understood, that person becomes far more open to influence and
change.
Stephen Covey
Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to
new beginnings.
Ralph Blum
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
St. Francis De Sales
Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.
Marianne Williamson, Author/Lecturer
Nothing succeeds like success.
Proverb
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be overcome first.
Anonymous
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson
Now is the time. Needs are great, but your possibilities are greater.
Bill Blackman
Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.
Admiral Collingwood
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you
want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
Lewis Carroll, from Through the Looking Glass

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Obstacles are great incentives.


Jules Michelet
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
Anonymous
Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
Margaret Thatcher
Old love does not rust.
Estonian Proverb
One can spend a lifetime assigning blame, find the cause 'out there' for all the troubles
that exist. Contrast this with the 'responsible attitude' of confronting the situation, bad or
good, and instead of asking, 'What caused the trouble? Who was to blame?' asking 'How
can I handle this present situation to make the most of it? What can I salvage here?'
Abraham Maslow
One cannot think crooked and walk straight.
Anonymous
One does evil enough when one does nothing good.
German Proverb
One hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in.
Wayne Gretzky
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage,
we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful,
generous, or honest.
Maya Angelou
One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
Chinese Proverb
One lie ruins a thousand truths.
Ghanaian Proverb
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
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One man tells a lie, dozens repeat it as the truth.


Chinese Proverb
One mistake will never kill you. The same mistake over and over again will.
Harvey Mackay
One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for
other people.
Dick Gregory
One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and
suddenly, all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to
you--suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, "Well, I'll have a go,
too."
Margaret Thatcher
One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If
you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without
flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
Winston Churchill
One rule of action more important than all others is consists in never doing anything that
someone else can do for you.
Calvin Coolidge
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
Napoleon Bonaparte
One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.
Harvey Mackay
One who seeks no friends is his own enemy.
Russian Proverb
One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms
with everything.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.
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Only after you challenge your biases and stereotypes-- what Francis Bacon called the
'idols which beset men's minds'--can you help others do the same.
Carlo Brumat
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
Carol Burnett
Only in his own way and not in any other can the one who strives perfect himself. He
who lays hold of the rung of his companion and lets go of his own rung, through him
neither the one nor the other will be realized.
Martin Buber
Only the educated are free.
Epictetus
Only those who are absolutely their true selves in this world can have pervading
influence.
Confucius
Only those who do nothing at all make no mistakes... but that would be a mistake.
Anonymous
Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire.
Chinese Proverb
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
Ann Landers
Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
Anonymous
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true
progress.
Nicholas Murray Butler
Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be.
Harvey Mackay
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often
unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character...
Stephen Covey
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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most...We were born to
make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of
us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission
to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically
liberates others.
Marianne Williamson
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius
Our inheritance of well-founded, slowly conceived codes of honor, morals, and
manners, the passionate convictions which so many hundreds of millions share together
of the principles of freedom and justice, are far more precious to us than anything which
scientific discoveries could bestow.
Winston Churchill
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious
things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which was already
but too easy to arrive at...
Henry David Thoreau
Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we
can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Walter Anderson
Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one destination; -happiness; but few are going by the same road.
Charles Caleb Colton
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor
he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
Seneca
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and
obstacles vanish. A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much
knowledge that is idle.
John Quincy Adams
Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
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Chinese Proverb
Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.
Jean Sibelius
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein
People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.
Harvey Mackay
People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the
ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you
value.
Stephen Covey
People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Anonymous
People fascinated by the idea of progress never suspect that every step forward is also a
step on the way to the end.
Milan Kundera
People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't
know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.
George Allen
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
Dale Carnegie
People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that
freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally 'being lived.'
They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.
Stephen Covey
People who look down on other people don't end up being looked up to.
Robert Half
People will exercise great effort and creativity to make our plan work, and sometimes
expend just as much effort and creativity to make your plan fail.
Bob Klas
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People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
George Matthew Allen
Pep without purpose is piffle.
Anonymous
Perfect love cannot be without equality.
Scottish Proverb
Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely
definite.
Robert Half
Personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of
keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with
those most important things.
Stephen Covey
Perspective is in the quiet of a walk, the wisdom of a good book, or the harmony of your
favorite music. I find it sometimes in the slow peace of fishing.
Michael Johnson
Plan your progress carefully; hour-by hour, day-by-day, month-by-month.
Organized activity and maintained enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power.
Planning for happiness is rarely successful. Happiness just happens.
Robert Half
Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.
Margaret Thatcher
Play for more than you can afford to lose and you will learn the game.
Winston Churchill
Private victories precede public victories. You can't invert that process any more than
you can harvest a crop before you plant it.
Stephen Covey
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser
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Procrastination is the thief of time.


Chinese Proverb
Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Put off for one day and ten days will pass by.
Korean Proverb
Rather than focusing on things and time, focus on preserving and enhancing
relationships and on accomplishing results.
Stephen Covey
Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves.
Anonymous
Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.
David McCullough
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
Tacitus
Reason is like an open secret that can become known to anyone at any time; it is the
quiet space into which everyone can enter through his own thought.
Karl Jaspers
Recognize that transition has a characteristic shape.
William Bridges
Reflection doesn't take anything away from decisiveness, from being a person of action.
In fact, it generates the inner toughness that you need to be an effective person of action
-- to be a leader. Think of leadership as some of two vectors: competence (your specialty,
your skills, your know-howl) and authenticity (your identity, your character, your
attitude).
Peter Koestenbaum
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident
to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer
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which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ
Jesus.
Philippians 4: 4-7
Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith,
honesty and industry. Don't take too much advice keep at the helm and steer your own
ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work.
Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right
motive, are the levers that move the world.
Noah Porter
Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the
seat of the pants.
Walter Winchell
Remember the difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says "Go!" -- a leader says
"Let's go!"
E.M. Kelly
Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn't fall there.
Anonymous
Resolve to be a master of change rather than a victim of change.
Brian Tracy
Respect the past in the full measure of its desserts, but do not make the mistake of
confusing it with the present nor seek in it the ideals of the future.
Jose Incenerios
Rough spots sharpen our performance. And more often than not, obstacles can be turned
into advantages. You just can't let your disappointment get in the way.
Harvey Mackay
Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better.
Anonymous
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth.
Kahlil Gibran
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst
of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
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Helen Keller
Security is a kind of death.
Tennessee Williams, Esquire, September, 1971
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the
sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa
Seeing yourself as you want to be is the key to personal growth.
Anonymous
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Stephen Covey
Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
Thornton Wilder
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
Ron Wild
Seldom does an individual exceed his own expectations.
Anonymous
Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something
you do in your spare time.
Marian Wright Edelman
Sharing is the essence of teaching. It is, I have come to believe, the essence of
civilization...Without it, the imagination is but the echo of the self, trapped in a
soundproof chamber, reverberating upon itself until it is spent in exhaustion or futility.
Bill Moyers
Silence is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of
thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.
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George Herbert
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes
Smile: if you can't lift the corners, let the middle sag.
Anonymous
So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no
man is useless while he has a friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Some make it happen, some watch it happen, and some say, What happened?
Anonymous
Some men see things the way they are and ask, Why? I dream things that never were,
and ask Why not?
George Bernard Shaw
Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.
Anonymous
Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, Where have I gone wrong? Then a voice says
to me, This is going to take more than one night.
Charles M. Shultz
Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of.
Geri Weitzman
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the
source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Sooner or later the truth comes to light.
Dutch Proverb
Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and
you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
Charles Reade
Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
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George F. Will
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the
traffic from both sides.
Margaret Thatcher
Stopping at third base adds no more runs than striking out.
Anonymous
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity
frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.
Horace
Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed.
Emily Dickinson
Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that is it not enough,
that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
Margaret Thatcher
Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.
Winston Churchill
Success is the proper utilization of failure.
Anonymous
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and
persistence.
Colin Powell
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau
Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a
precious jewel in his head.
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William Shakespeare
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
William Shakespeare [Coriolanus]
Synergy is everywhere in nature. If you plant two plants close together, the roots
commingle and improve the quality of soil so that both plants will grow better than if
they were separated. If you put two pieces of wood together, they will hold much more
weight than the total of the weight held by each separately. The whole is greater than the
sum of its parts. One plus one equals three or more.
Stephen Covey
Take a watch to pieces and examine, however carefully, its separate parts in turn, and
you will never come across the principles by which the watch keeps time.
Michael Polanyi
Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
George S. Patton
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go
in.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Talent does you no good unless it's recognized by someone else.
Robert Half
Talkers are no good doers.
William Shakespeare
Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.
Anonymous
Tell me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are.
Assyrian Proverb
That first peak is the best place to pause and look back, to see if you took the easiest
route, to learn the lessons from the first climb. And it is the best place to examine the
terrain ahead, to change your plans and goals, to take a deep breath and begin climbing
again.
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That which a man willingly shares, he keeps.


That which he selfishly keeps, he loses.
That which does not kill you makes you stronger.
Neitzsche
The "Inside-Out" approach to personal and self; even more fundamentally, to start with
the most inside part of self - with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The
inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and
keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it
is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others
before improving ourselves.
Stephen Covey
The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed
in business or in anything else, for that matter.
Lee Iacocca
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.
Henry Ward Beecher
The aims and ideals that move us are generated by imagination. But they are not made
out of imaginary stuff. They are made out of the hard stuff of the world of physical and
social experience.
John Dewey
The art of choosing men is not nearly so difficult as the art of enabling those one has
chosen to attain their full worth.
Napoleon Bonaparte
The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.
Bernard M. Baruch
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease
Voltaire
The Athenians, alarmed at the internal decay of their Republic, asked Demosthenes what
to do. His reply: Do not do what you are doing now.
Joseph Ray
The beauties of the world are best seen by those who strive to reach them.
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Anonymous
The beginning is the half of every action.
Greek Proverb
The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question,
and by seeking we may come upon the truth.
Pierre Abelard
The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must
be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller
The best leader brings out the best in those he has stewardship over.
J. Richard Clarke
The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say,
We did it ourselves.
Zen Proverb
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because
only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy,
amidst the simple beauty of nature.
Anne Frank
The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Ghandi
The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.
Anonymous
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each
other's life.
Richard Bach
The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more
than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.
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Ivan Scheier
The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable.
But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realizing that happiness does not
spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of
reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.
Arnold Bennett
The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.
Traditional Proverb
The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we
want at the moment.
Anonymous
The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
Don Marquis
The crocodile is only strong in the water.
Angolan Proverb
The daily grind of hard work gets a person polished.
Anonymous
The doctor and the pastor ask about your health, but eternity makes you responsible for
your condition.
Soren Kierkegaard
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Winston Churchill
The entire law is summed up in a single command, Love your neighbor as yourself.
Galatians 5:14 (NIV)
The first and greatest commandment is, Don't let them scare you.
Elmer Davis
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
James Oppenheim
The foundation my parents laid down with our faith continues to be my core.
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Christy Borgeld
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Ralph Nader
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
Cicero
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.
Danish Proverb
The glow of inspiration warms us; it is a holy rapture.
Ovid
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and
something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers
The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and
enthusiasm.
Thomas J. Watson
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.
Michel de Montaigne
The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue.
None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
Publius Syrus
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them
their own.
Benjamin Disraeli
The greatest humiliation in life is to work hard on something from which you expect
appreciation, and then fail to get it.
Edgar Watson Howe
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make
one.
Elbert Hubbard

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The happiness of life is made up of minute fractionsthe little soon-forgotten charities


of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery,
and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The heart is wiser than the intellect.
J.G. Holland
The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they,
while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Thomas S. Monson
The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Thomas Carlyle
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those
who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Alvin Toffler
The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men
with a mere wishbone.
William J.H. Boetcker
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
Lao Tse
The key to truth is the next deed, and this key opens the door if one does what one has to
do in such a way that the meaning of the action here finds its fulfillment... Thus truth in
the world of man is not to be found as the content of knowledge, but only as human
existence. One does not express it, one does not perceive it, but one lives it, and receives
it as life.
Martin Buber
The leader has a clear idea of what he wants to do -- professionally and personally -- and
the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures.
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The leader wonders about everything, wants to learn as much as he can, is willing to
take risks, experiment, try new things. He does not worry about failure, but embraces
errors, knowing he will learn from them.
Warren G. Bennis
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a
pebble.
Blaise Pascal
The longer the excuse, the less likely it's the truth.
Robert Half
The main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly
at hand.
Thomas Carlyle
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
Steven Covey
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success
only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius
The maxim "Nothing but perfection" may be spelled "Paralysis."
Winston Churchill
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
Greek Proverb
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher
demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there
is any reaction, both are transformed.
Carl Jung
The mind is a lousy master but a wonderful servant.
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Anonymous
The miracle is this the more we share, the more we have.
Leonard Nimoy, American actor, director and writer
The more alternatives, the more difficult the choice.
Abb D'Allanival
The more often a man feels without acting, the less he'll be able to act. And in the long
run, the less he'll be able to feel.
C.S. Lewis
The most elusive and desired quality of leadership is vision. Vision is the perfume of the
mind.
Harriet Rubin
The most important of life's battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the
soul.
David O. McKay
The most important part of being a leader is maintaining the desire to keep on learning.
That means learning about yourself, about your peers, and about the people you serve.
Brian Koval
The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together.
Muhammad Yunus
The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
Anonymous
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only guide to man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude
and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield,
because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our
calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the
ranks of honor.
Winston Churchill
The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
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Anonymous
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke
The only truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only
altruism but also social responsibility, social courage and objectivity.
W. Beran Wolfe
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the
impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of
people you don't agree with.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
The outer forms of our lives can change in an instant, but the inner reorientation that
brings us back into a vital relation to people and activity takes time.
William Bridges
The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect
day.
King Solomon
The person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in
either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
John Stuart Mill
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers
if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of
his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
Pearl S. Buck
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader
adjusts the sails.
John Maxwell

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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in
every difficulty.
Winston Churchill
The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than
to be loved.
Cornelius Nepos
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
John Muir
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Winston Churchill
The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things,
not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
Jean Piaget, Swiss cognitive psychologist
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less
difficult.
Winston Churchill
The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to
have it make some difference that you have lived at all.
Leo Rosten, American teacher and humorist
The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi
The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.
Allard Lowenstein, twentieth-century American diplomat
The rare individual who honestly satisfies this heart-hunger (praise) will hold people in
the palm of his hand, and even the undertaker will be sorry when he dies.
Dale Carnegie
The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.
Henry W. Longfellow
The ready back gets all the loads.
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The real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.
John Milton, seventeenth-century English poet
The real leader has no need to lead--he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the
world to himself. All progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw
The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.
Traditional Proverb
The search for someone to blame is always successful.
Robert Half
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the
future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Buddha
The secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to
do.
Anonymous
The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.
Richard Cech
The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.
Kahlil Gibran
The soul is covered with the color of its leisure thoughts.
Anonymous
The stakes...are too high for government to be a spectator sport.
Barbara Jordan
The storm also beats on the house that is built on the rock.
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The strength of the heart comes from the soundness of the faith.
Saudi Arabian Proverb
The strongest among the weak is the one who doesn't forget his weaknesses.
Danish Proverb
The struggle of the mind to keep itself free from every sort of bondage--to remain
curious, open, unsatiated in all its relations with nature--is tenfold more difficult than the
cultivation of a stable, satisfying point of view, but a thousandfold more precious.
Gardner Murphy
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living that are desired when dying.
Unknown
The successful man is the average man, focused.
Anonymous
The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that
others will wish to join us.
Hubert Humphrey, U.S. vice president, senator
The time to make friends is before you need them.
Traditional Proverb
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John F. Kennedy
The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder, is getting through the crowd at the
bottom.
Anonymous
The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.
Madame De Maintenon
The truth is more important than the facts.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where
he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for
ourselves.
Helen Keller
The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when
you feel most happy, when you really are happy -- not excited, not just thrilled, but
deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy?
Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call 'following your bliss.' If
you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the
while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
Wherever you are -- if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment,
that life within you, all the time.
Joseph Campbell
The way we see the problem is the problem.
Stephen Covey
The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little.
W. R. Inge
The will to prepare is more important than the will to win.
Levell Edwards
The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the
power to inflict it.
Blood of the Martyr
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
George Santayana
The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word coeur, meaning
"heart." Thus just as one's heart, by pumping blood to one's arms, legs, and brain enables
all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological
virtues. Without courage other values whither away into mere facsimiles of virtue.
Rollo May
The worst thing you can try to do is cling to something that is gone, or to recreate it.
Johnette Napolitano
There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty,
sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.
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William B. Given, Jr.


There are many who's tongues might govern multitudes, if they could govern their
tongues.
Prentice
There are millions of children today who dont attend school. However, education is the
only way to get ahead in this country.
Azim Premji
There are no gains without pains.
Adlai Stevenson
There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough. From the
viewpoint of love, none are necessary.
Emmanuel
There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake.
Robert Fripp
There are no perfect human beings! My personal judgments are that no perfect human
being is possible or even conceivable, but that human beings are far more improvable
than most people believe.
Abraham Maslow
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
Kahlil Gibran
There are times when a man should be content with what he has but never with what he
is.
William George Jordan
There are two kinds of failures: The man who will do nothing he is told, and the man
who will do nothing else.
Perle Thompson
There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy
it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith

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There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter
yourself to meet them.
Phyllis Battome
There comes a moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into
gear.
David Mahoney
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor
popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right....
Martin Luther
There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader.
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin
There is a great man who makes every man feels small. But the real great man is the
man who makes every man feel great.
G. K. Chesterton
There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.
Anonymous
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mahatma Ghandi
There is no beauty but the beauty of action.
Proverb
There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control a firm
resolve of a determined soul.
Anonymous
There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
John Andrew Holmes Jr., American writer and minister
There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Henry Ford

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There is no luck except where there is discipline.


Irish Proverb
There is no pleasure in life equal to that of the conquest of a vicious habit.
Anonymous
There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.
David Starr Jordan
There is nothing as remarkable as learning how to think better.
Anonymous
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
William Shakespeare
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in
which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela
There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.
Winston Churchill
There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
David Burns, Intimate Connections
There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying things which are
beyond the power of our will.
Epictetus
There is something inside all of us that yearns not for reason but for mystery...not for
penetrating clear thought but for the whisperings of the irrational...not for science but for
wizardry disguised as science..not for rationally founded influence but for magic.
Karl Jaspers
There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the
ability to recognize ability.
Robert Half
There is time for everything.
Thomas A. Edison

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There may be peace without joy, and joy without peace, but the two combined make
happiness
John Buchan
There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy.
Anonymous
There's no such thing as not enough time if you're doing what you want to do.
Robert Half
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Andy Warhol
They can because they think they can.
Virgil
They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper
themselves in contentment.
Pietro Aretino
They will rise highest who strive for the highest place.
Latin Proverb
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
John Wooden
This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is
ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in
acting, to live.
General Omar Bradley
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
Winston Churchill
This is the best kind of voyeurism, hearing joy from your neighbors.
Chuck Sigars
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream
only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

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Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a
bystander.
Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC
Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but
you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back.
Harvey Mackay
Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
Laertius Diogenes
Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds.
The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is
elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also
believe.
Anatole France
To ask the hard question is simple.
W.H. Auden
To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have
been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose's egg.
James Thomas
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus
To become a leader, then, you must become yourself, become the maker of your own
life.
Warren G. Bennis
To catch lots of fish, you must first go to the water

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.


Soren Kierkegaard
To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
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Friedrich Nietzsche
To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says:
Leave no stone unturned.
Edward Bulwer Lytton
To freely bloom - that is my definition of success.
Gerry Spence
To give away money is an easy matter and in any mans power. But to decide to whom
to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in any
mans power nor an easy matter
Aristotle
To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every
day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
Theodore H. White
To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is
strength undefeatable
Helen Keller
To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure
reward is in my actions and not from them.
Hugh Prather
To live happily with other people, ask of them only what they can give.
Tristan Bernard
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
David Viscott
To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
William M. Thackeray
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we
must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
To succeed, you need to take that gut feeling in what you believe and act on it with all of
your heart.
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Christy Borgeld
To succeed... you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you,
something to inspire you.
Tony Dorsett
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved,
but at what he aspires to.
Kahlil Gibran
To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself.
Chinese Proverb
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside,
where it functions best.
Margaret Thatcher
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Corneille
Tolerance can lead to learning something.
Jakob Dylan
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it
takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
Helen Keller
Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
Anonymous
Tomorrow will be like today. Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. Our
friends and fellow-workers die off from us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn
a life around.
Leo Buscaglia
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Training a dog demands discipline from the dog - and the owner

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.


Henry J. Kaiser
True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice
St. Francis of Assisi
Truth fears no questions.
Unknown
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein
Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,as
though that time should be of another make from this which has already come and is
ours.
Thomas Fuller
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than
by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch
the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain
Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.
Henry Drummond
Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest
sources of happiness.
Ray Lyman Wilbur
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
David Thomas
Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be
unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware,
we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective.
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Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you
shall attain to higher knowledge.
Matthew Arnold
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Virtuous and wise he was, but not severe; He still remember'd that he once was young.
Dr. John Armstrong
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
Japanese Proverb
Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing. We
must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Volunteering is not a choice, it's a responsibility.
Ashley E. Hyder
Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.
Sherry Anderson
We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Harrison Ford
We always strive after what is forbidden, and desire the things refused us.
Ovid
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private
chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.
Pogo
We are like tea bags - we don't know our own strength until we're in hot water.
Sister Busche
We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.
Stephen Covey
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We are made for loving. If we dont love, we will be like plants without water.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner
We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
Anne Sophie Swetchine
We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.
Winston Churchill
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
Aristotle
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We don't live in a world of reality, we live in a world of perceptions.
Gerald J. Simmons
We get to make a living; we give to make a life.
Winston Churchill
We have a responsibility in our time, as others have had in theirs, not to be prisoners of
history but to shape history, a responsibility to fill the role of path-finder, and to build
with others a global network of purpose and law.
Madeleine Albright
We have no simple problems or easy decisions after kindergarten.
John W. Turk
We have only one reality, and that is here and now. What we miss by our evasions will
never return, but if we squander ourselves, then too we lose being. Each day is precious:
a moment can be everything.
Karl Jaspers
We imagine that our mind in a mirror, that it is more or less accurately reflecting what is
happening outside us. On the contrary, our mind itself is the principal element of creation.
The world, while I am perceiving it, is being incessantly created for myself in time and
space.
Rabindranath Tagore

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We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.


Winston Churchill
We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we
face.
Anonymous
We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.
Cicero
We mustn't let our passions destroy our dreams.
Anonymous
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
Winston Churchill
We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we
will finish the job.
Winston Churchill
We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
Winston Churchill
We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our
children do.
Brigham Young
We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they
should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.
Stephen Covey
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
Albert Einstein
We will find only what we look for, nothing more and nothing less.
Anonymous
Wealth belongs to the person who enjoys it and not to the one who keeps it.
Afghan Proverb
Wealth is but dung, useful only when spread about.
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Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin
What a great feeling to look back on what you've already climbed

What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within
the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement.
Nash
What can be said but not practiced is better not said. What can be practiced but not
spoken of is better not done.
Baiyun
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in
the dog.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.
Louis L. Mann
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Aristotle
What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better.
Proverb
What is strength without a double share of wisdom?
John Milton, seventeenth-century English poet
What is the use of living if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled
world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone.
Winston Churchill
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and
error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.
Voltaire

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies
within us.
Anonymous
What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
John Lubbock
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
Jean Jacques Rousseau
What you cannot enforce / Do not command.
Sophocles
Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance,
wisdom, and power.
Stephen Covey
When a man finds no peace within himself, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
L. A. Rouchefolicauld
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him
boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was
only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
Napoleon Bonaparte
When I hear somebody sigh, Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to
what?
Sydney J. Harris
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on
his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never
happened.
Winston Churchill
When I want to read a novel, I write one.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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 21, I was astonished by how much the old man had
learned in 7 years.
Mark Twain
When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.
Anonymous
When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the
closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.
Helen Keller
When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed
door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the
closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Helen Keller
When our actions do not, our fears make us traitors.
William Shakespeare (Macbeth)
When something is finally obvious that should have been obvious years before, we call
it common sense.
Steve Walton, Hearts & Minds volunteer and professional programmer
When we won't consider suggestions, we reject our own potential - but we have a right
to expect people to be tactful.
Bill Blackman
When were the good and the brave ever in a majority?
Henry David Thoreau
When you arrive at your future, will you blame your past?
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When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other
people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively.
Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
Norman Vincent Peale
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
When you reach for the stars, you may not get one, but you won't come up with a
handful of mud, either.
Anonymous
Whenever I get the energy to exercise, I sit down until it passes.
Anonymous
Whenever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can
replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the
effectiveness, happiness, and trust-based relationships.
Stephen Covey
Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?
Cicero
Where old age is evil, youth can learn no good.
English proverb
Where there is love there is no darkness.
Burundi Proverb
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
King Solomon
Where there is no wealth there is no poverty.
African Proverb
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

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Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.


Seneca
Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.
Nelson A. Rockefeller
Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right.
Henry Ford
While we pursue happiness, we flee from contentment.
Hasidic Proverb
Who indeed can harm you if you are committed deeply to doing what is right?
I Peter
Who is blind? He who can see no other world. Who is dumb? He who can say nothing
pleasant about his lot. Who is poor? He who is troubled with too many desires. Who is
rich? He who is happy with his lot.
Indian Proverb
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure
takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?
Marian Wright Edelman
Why is it that the more mistakes people make, the more paranoid they become about
other people's mistakes?
Robert Half
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi
Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied.
Anonymous
Wisdom is more precious than rubies.
Biblical Proverb, Proverbs 3:15
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
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Albert Einstein
Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden.
Ghanaian Proverb
Wisdom is supreme; therefore make a full effort to get wisdom.
Esteem her and she will exalt you; embrace her and she will honor you.
Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say
something.
Plato
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the
wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Keshavan Nair
Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected
until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double
or treble our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved. Quotas,
when set up for us by others, are challenges which goad us on to surpass ourselves. The
outstanding leaders of every age are those who set up their own quotas and constantly
achieve them.
Thomas J. Watson
Without a general an army is lost.
Greek proverb
Without courage, all others virtues lose their meaning.
Winston Churchill
Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, they is a fuel in us
which needs to be ignited with sparks.
Johann Gottfried Von Herder
Without the human community one single human being cannot survive.
The Dalai Lama
Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
Voltaire

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Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every
yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well,
therefore, to this day.
Indian Proverb
You are never a loser until you quit trying.
Mike Ditka
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
You are the handicap you must face.
You are the one who must choose your place.
You can make goals for family, relationships, anything.
Michael Johnson
You can never be happy at the expense of the happiness of others.
Chinese Proverb
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what
others say about him.
Anonymous
You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.
J.S. Knox
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Author Unknown
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.
Heraclitus
You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.
Henry Ford
You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its
width and depth.
Shira Tehrani

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You can't expect people to look eye to eye with you if you are looking down on them.
Anonymous
You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
You don't use a hammer to tighten a screw.
Susan Podziba
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop
to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your
life.
Winston Churchill
You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay
you.
Anonymous
You have the power to think what you want. No matter what the circumstance.
Anonymous
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage--pleasantly,
smilingly, non-apologetically--to say 'no' to other things. And the way you do that is by
having a bigger 'yes' burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the 'good.'
Stephen Covey
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only
way, it does not exist.
Friedrich Nietzsche
You haven't failed until you quit trying.
Anonymous
You learn as much from those who have failed as from those who have succeeded.
Michael Johnson
You live with your thoughts, so be careful what they are.
Anonymous
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You may be on the right track, but if you just sit there you'll get run over.
Paul H. Dunn
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win.
Margaret Thatcher
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi
You must motivate yourself every day.
Matthew Stasior
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean
are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
You must tolerate that which you cannot change.
Spanish Proverb
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a
new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Buckminster Fuller
You owe it to yourself to find your own unorthodox way of succeeding, or sometimes,
just surviving.
Michael Johnson
You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty
yesterdays.
Professor Harold Hill (The Music Man)
You really can change the world if you care enough.
Marion Wright Edelman
You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be
the greatest investment that you will ever make.
Gorden B. Hinkley
You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
Irish Proverb
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Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.
David Bly
Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.
Anonymous
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you
your all.
Kahlil Gibran
Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and
imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and
growing.
Kim Rohn
Your neighbor's vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for you.
Miguel de Unamuno
Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
Anonymous
Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.
David O. McKay
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside,
dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung
You're as old as you behave.
Harvey Mackay
You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy
You're on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour.
Anonymous

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