No act of kindness, no mater how small, is ever wasted.
Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
The cure for anything is salt water -- sweat, tears, or the sea.
In "Reader's Digest," 1 Apr 1964.
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping-stones to success.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
Self-empowerment - that's learning to respect other people's music, but dance to your own tune as you master harmony within yourself.
Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.
I experience true freedom when I can accept, understand, and move on from the conditioning of the past.
To acquire true self power you have to feel beneath no one, be immune to criticism and be fearless.
The real secret of success is enthusiasm.
Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Management works in the system. Leadership works on the system.
Always learn the rules so you can break them properly.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Sometimes not getting what you want is an amazing stroke of luck.
When you lose, do not lose the lesson.
Oh, if only I did nothing simply as a result of laziness.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
Essays: Second Series (1844)
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
There are two ways of making yourself stand out from the crowd. One is by having a job so big you can go home before the bell rings if you want to. The other is by finding so much to do that you must stay after the others have gone. The one who enjoys the former once took advantage of the latter.
Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.
Eat, Pray, Love
If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers are those who have been given opportunities - and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.
Outliers: The Story of Success
Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.
Outliers: The Story of Success
Striving is everything.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
A great ship asks deep water.
In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," Apex Software, 1994.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.
One way to keep momentum going is to have contantly greater goals.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.
Born to Run
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.
In "Good Advice," ed. Wm. Safire & Leonard Safire, 1982.
Chance favors only those who court her.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal and I will give you a stock clerk.
The sovereignty of one's self over one's self is called Liberty.
We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Mistakes are the stepping stones to success.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.
Life is not about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.
None are so old as those who have outlived their enthusiasm.
Let us live so that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.
Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
I'm not going to short change myself ever again.
Monsters vs. Aliens, movie. Susan Murphy, Ginormica.
Dare to be wise.
Goals that are not written down are just wishes.
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through persistence.
Life is not what you did. It's what you are doing.
Shoot for the moon even if you miss you will land among the stars.
Treat people with a recognition of their potential, not their current state of development.