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Lord Jeffrey Archer
F. Lee Bailey
Matthew W. Barrett Commissioner Gary Bettman
Benazir Bhutto
Dr. Kenneth Blanchard
Willy Brandt
Dr. Zbigniew Brezinski
William F. Buckley Jr.
Hon. James Callaghan
Jimmy Carter
Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien
Winston S. Churchill III
John E. Cleghorn
Stephen M.R. Covey
Walter Cronkite
Mario Cuomo
Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines
The Hon. Jim Flaherty
Gerald R. Ford
David Frost
Louis Gerstner
Malcolm  Gladwell
Gen. Alexander Haig
Hon. Edward Heath
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Larry King
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
Dr. Henry Kissinger
Prof. John Kotter
Robert MacNeil
President Nelson Mandela
Walter F. Mondale
Jean C. Monty
Akio Morita
Nicholas Negroponte
Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill
George Plimpton
Faith Popcorn
General Colin L. Powell
Gen. Yitzhak Rabin
Ronald W. Reagan
Angus Reid
Madame Jehan Sadat
Helmut Schmidt
Natan Sharansky
Commissioner David Stern
Dr. David Suzuki
Don Tapscott
Lester Thurow
Alvin Toffler
Caspar W. Weinberger


FAMOUS QUOTES

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself"
Leo Tolstoy

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"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." 

Albert Einstein

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"I have the simplest tastes.  I am always satisfied with the best."

Oscar Wilde

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"It looks impossible until you do it, and then you find it is possible."

Evelyn Underhill

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"In victory one deserves champagne, in defeat one needs it."

Napoleon

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"Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative."

Dr. Henry Kissinger

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"Every business is going to become a knowledge-based business."

Stan Davis

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"No enemy is worse than bad advice"

Sophocles

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"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. 
It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of habit."

Somerset Maugham

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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

President John F. Kennedy

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"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character."

W. Somerset Maugham

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"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."

Sir John Lubbock

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"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining."

John F. Kennedy

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"You'll never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks."

Sir Winston Churchill

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"The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."

Diogenes Laertius

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"The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."

Unknown

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"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses"

Tom Wilson

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"Believe you can and you're half way there."

Theodore Roosevelt

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"You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea."

Meg Whitman

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"Some see private enterprise as the predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked,
but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon."

Sir Winston Churchill

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"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."

Thomas Jefferson

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"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be."

Groucho Marx

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"Don't be intimidated by the impossibility, be motivated by the possibility!"

Jacinta Goldsack

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"In times of change, learners inherit the earth"

Erich Fromm

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"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of."

Anon

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"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open."

Alexander Graham Bell

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"In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience."

W.B. Prescott

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"Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

Eleanor Roosevelt

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"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 (author, futurist)

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"The customer is the only critic whose opinion matters at all."

Mark Twain

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"The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it."

Samuel Johnson

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"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing."

Oscar Wilde

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"The great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, 
keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

Albert Einstein

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"A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks."

Anonymous

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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Albert Einstein

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"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Abraham Lincoln

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"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

George Eliot

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"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."

Mario Andretti

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"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."

William Shakespeare

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"The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those who feel."

Horace Walpole

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"The best training in the world doesn't make a difference if you
can't find the information you need."

Barbara Hemphill, Hemphill Productivity Institute

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"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."

Benjamin Franklin

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"Have patience with all things, but first of all, have patience with yourself."

St. Francis De Sales

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"We don't confine ourselves to just one way of thinking our way out of a problem."

Takeshi Yoshida, Toyota

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"Genuine listening ability is one of the few true forms of competitive advantage."

Feargal Quinn, Chairman, Superquinn

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"If the organization is running correctly, the only decisions that get to my
desk are the ones with high uncertainty."

Jim Mullen, CEO, Biogen

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"Don't worry about stockholders or employees.  If you take care of your customers,
everything else will fall into place."

Lee Iacocca

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"Conservatism in business is the kiss of death."

Steven Berglas

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"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."

Mark Twain

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"The best way to predict your future is to create it."

Unknown

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"Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations."

Edward de Bono

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"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt

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"The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Gary Player

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"The best mirror is an old friend."

German Proverb

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"Only a mediocre person is always at his best."

William Somerset Maugham

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"I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today."

William Allen White

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"Never mistake motion for action."

Ernest Hemingway

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"I never liked anyone who didn't have a temper.
If you don't have any temper, you don't have any passion."

Michael Bloomberg

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"Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers."

Mary Tyler Moore

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"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."

Anon.

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"Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same time."

Gunter Grass

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"If you can see a bandwagon, it's too late to get on it."

James Goldsmith

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"If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."

Dale Carnegie

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"When love is your greatest weakness, you will be the strongest person in the world."

Garman Wold

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"Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected."

William Safire

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"God answers all the prayers. Sometime He answers "yes", sometimes
He answers "no", and sometimes the answer is "you gotta be kidding."

Jimmy Carter

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"Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day."

Goethe

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"Work like you don't need the money. Dance like no one is watching.
And love like you've never been hurt."

Mark Twain

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"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back."

Chinese Proverb

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"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who only have an interest."

John Stuart Mill

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"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

Alan Kay

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"Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right."

Henry Ford

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"This is not the end.  It is not even the beginning of the end. 
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Sir Winston Churchill

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"I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work."

Thomas Edison

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"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."

Chinese Proverb

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"There is a time and a place for everything."

A. Barclay

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"What is the use of running when we are not on the right road?"

German Proverb

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"Look after your clients or your competitors will."

Unknown

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"The applause of a single human being is of great consequence."

Samuel Johnson

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

Aristotle

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"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

Martin Luther King Jr.

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"You should keep on learning as long as there is something you do not know."

Seneca (4BC-65AD), Philosopher & Statesman

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"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Theodore Roosevelt

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"It is possible to see financial markets as a laboratory for testing hypotheses."

George Soros

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"In business you get what you want by giving other people what they want."

Alice Foote MacDougall

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"Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."

Oprah Winfrey

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"Price is what you pay.  Value is what you get."

Warren Buffet

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"We are a product of the choices we make, not the circumstances that we face."

Roger Crawford

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"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."

Anonymous

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"Do the right thing regardless of what others think."

Col. Eugene Bird

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"Joy shared is joy increased, grief shared is grief diminished."

Rabbi Earl Grollman

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"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."

Aldous Huxley

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"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except
what you’re going to do now and do it."

William Durant

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"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."

Yogi Berra

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"A great leader never sets himself above his followers - except in carrying responsibility."

Jules Ormond

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"Great leadership does not follow opinion polls, it molds opinion."

Rev. Jesse Jackson

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"Take calculated risks.  That is quite different from being rash."

George S. Patton

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"To thine own self, be true."

Shakespeare/Hamlet

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"Even Napoleon had his Watergate."

Yogi Berra

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"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs."

Aldous Huxley

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"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments."

Anonymous

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"The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary."

May V. Smith

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"Be the change you want to see in the world."

Gandhi

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"The price of greatness is responsibility."

Sir. Winston Churchill

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"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibility,
while bad people will find a way around the laws."

Plato

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"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable."

Seneca

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"The person who knows how, will always have a job. 
The person who knows why, will always be his boss."

Diane Ravitch

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"Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men,
and men are great only if they are determined to be so."

Charles de Gaulle

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"Seldom does an individual exceed his or her own expectations."

Unknown

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"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."

Henry Ford

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"The millennium won’t change anything. We’re the ones who have to make the choices for change."

Faith Popcorn

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"The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge,
experience and ability."

Henry Ford

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"Your legacy will ultimately be a manifestation of the deepest and the best that you had to give in life."

Robin Sharma

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"There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."

Frank Zappa

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"For those to whom much is given, much is required."

John F. Kennedy

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"We must use time creatively - and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things."

Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Cause change and lead, accept change and survive, resist change and die."

Ray Norda

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"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

Albert Einstein

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"If you are going through hell, keep going."

Sir Winston Churchill

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"You can have everything in life you want if you'll just help enough other people to get what they want."

Zig Ziglar

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"May your spark of leadership turn fear into power and darkness into light."

Robin Sharma

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"Don’t worry about the money. It will come. Don’t worry about the reputation. 
It will come. Worry about the content of what you are presenting."

Dave Broadfoot

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"The power that comes from purpose and experience, and the leadership
that comes from vision, are qualities that reside within us."

Peter Urs Bender

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"If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking."

George Patton

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"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those
who can do nothing for them or to them."

Malcolm Forbes

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones you did do."

Mark Twain

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"We don’t see things as they are.  We see things as we are."

Anais Nin

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"A man who cannot tolerate small ills can never accomplish great things."

Chinese Proverb

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"If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must employ
methods never before attempted."

Sir Francis Bacon

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"The road to success is always under construction."

Arnold Palmer

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"The soul would have no rainbow, if the eyes had no tears."

Minquass saying

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"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."

Henry David Thoreau

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"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."

Peter F. Drucker

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"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins
- not through strength, but through persistence."

Anon

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"In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip."

Daniel L. Reardon

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"Don’t compromise yourself.  You’re all you’ve got."

Janis Joplin

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"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different."

Coco Chanel

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"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation."

Arthur Ashe

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". . . 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

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"We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope."

Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

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"The first rule to being a leader is to focus on the challenge at hand. 
That’s because being a leader is secondary; before that state of being comes the act of leading. 
First comes the verb, lead; then follows the noun, leadership."

William Safire

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"The reason for most leadership failure is not competence, but character."

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

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"The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face."

William M. Thackeray

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"Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems."

Rene Descartes

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"What a man thinks of himself that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate."

Henry David Thoreau

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"Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us."

Earl Nightingale

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"First see the hare, then loose the falcon."

Chinese proverb

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"All dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."

Walt Disney

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"Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come."

Chinese Proverb

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"A man ought to compare advantageously with a river, an oak, a mountain."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"I was married by a judge.  I should have asked for a jury."

Groucho Marx

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"It is ideas that generate wealth."

Warren Bennis

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"A boss says go; a leader says let’s go."

Engine foreman

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"While we are postponing, life speeds by."

Seneca

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"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction."

George Horace Lorimer

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"Caution should be combined with decisiveness.  As the saying goes,
before going into a room, make sure you can get out again."

Yegor Ligachev

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"The graveyards are full of indispensable men."

General Charles de Gaulle

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"We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time."

Vince Lombardi

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"We are shaping the world faster than we can change ourselves
and we are applying to the present the habits of the past."

Sir Winston Churchill

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"One man with courage makes a majority."

General Andrew Jackson

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"You can’t stop change, but you can shape it to your advantage."

Daniel Burrus, author Technotrends

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"There is nothing permanent except change."

Heraclitus, 540-475BC

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"In a time of turbulence and change, it is more time than ever that knowledge is power."

John F. Kennedy

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"To get people to change, you have to create the conditions in which they feel secure.".

President Clinton

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"Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing."

Warren Buffet

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"Leadership is not magnetic personality - that can just as well be a glib tongue.  It is not making friends and influencing people - that is flattery.  Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, raising a person’s performance beyond its normal limitations."

Peter F. Drucker

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"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."

James Crook

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"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds,
and the pessimist fears this is true."

James Branch Cabell

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"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."

Japanese Proverb

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"The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."

Mark Twain

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"The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee. 
And I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun."

John D. Rockefeller

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"Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience."

Elbert Hubbard

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"It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded."

Anne Morrow Lindergh

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"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with."

Mark Twain

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"Sometimes a person’s mind is stretched by a new idea and never does go back to its old dimensions."

Oliver Wendall Holmes

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"It’s a funny thing about life - if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will often get it."

W. Somerset Maugham

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"A King, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A Father can do neither."

Marlene Dietrich

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"This taught me a lesson, but I'm not sure what it is."

John McEnroe

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"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered;
an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered."

Chesterton
 

 

 

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