Being Good

“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”
--George Orwell

A New Tie

“A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.”
--Francis de Sales

To Teach

“To teach is to learn twice.”
--Joseph Joubert

Take Action

“It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”
--Al Batt

Less of Yourself

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
--C.S. Lewis

Be A Pirate

“Being an entrepreneur is like being a pirate. Go for the booty and discover new, uncharted lands.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Movement Matters

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still."
--Chinese Proverb

Proper Restraint

“The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else do it wrong, without comment.”
--T.H. White

Audacious Fortune

“Fortune favors the audacious.”
--Desiderius Erasmus

When You Are Through

“When you're through changing, you're through.”
--Bruce Fairchild Barton

Ideal Pursuit

“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”
--Mortimer J. Adler

Work First

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
--Vidal Sassoon

Empower Women

“There is only one cure for poverty, the empowerment of women.”
--Christopher Hitchens

The Places You'll Go

"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else."
--Lawrence J. Peter

Dangerous People

“The dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true.”
--D.H. Lawrence

Blind Step

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
--Martin Luther King

Font of Knowledge

“Not all knowledge comes from college.”
--Allison Bailes

Age of Wisdom

“It is not age, but experience that brings wisdom.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Cause and Effect

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cluttered Desk

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
―Albert Einstein 

Read The Writing

"Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else."
--Ivern Ball

Break the Rules

“You are remembered for the rules you break.”
--Douglas MacArthur

Lucky Break

“Opportunity is sometimes hard to recognize if you're only looking for a lucky break.”
--Monta Crane

Success' Stepping Stones

“Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
--Dale Carnegie

Fear and Courage

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
--Mark Twain

Just Pretend

“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person.”
--Cary Grant

Be Original

“Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.”
--Laurence J. Peter


"Don't find fault. Find a remedy."
--Henry Ford

Imaginary Evils

“Imaginary evils are incurable.”
--Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Tough Trust

“Trust is tough since it involves that quixotic mix of integrity, vulnerability, and intimacy. But trust anyway.”
--Jeffrey Fry

All for One

“We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
--Benjamin Franklin

Courage Tested

“You can't test courage cautiously.”
--Annie Dillard

What Can Be Heard

“A small bell during a dark night is louder than the din of traffic outside your window during rush hour.”
--Seth Godin

Live Life Wide

“I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
--Diane Ackerman

The Wise are Happy

"Wisdom is the most important part of happiness."

Kind Words

“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much."
--Blaise Pascal

Want to Breathe

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful.”
―Eric Thomas

Greatness Measured

“Greatness is measured by the sacrifice you are willing to make.”
--Voreqe Bainimarama

Courageous Decision

“Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."
--Peter Drucker


“Appreciate what you have, before time teaches you to appreciate what you had.“

Standard of Leaders

“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”
--Ray Kroc

Success Waits for No Man

“I couldn't wait for success... so I went ahead without it."
--Jonathan Winters

Music of the Heart

“Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.”
--Henry Ward Beecher

Majority Moment

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
--Mark Twain


“Nobility is not a birthright, it is defined by one's actions.”
-- Pen Densham

Strong Souls

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
--Khalil Gibran

So In Love

“When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.”
--Blaise Pascal

Vision Does Not Count

"Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs."
--Vaclav Havel

Goodwill's Value

“Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.”
--Ludwig Börne

Walk Alone

“It's better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.”
--Diane Grant

Habit Forming

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
--Jim Rohn

Pain's Cure

"The cure for pain is in the pain.”
--Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Friend Confidence

“Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.”
--Benjamin Franklin

Second Chances

“Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you many second chances.”
--O.A. Battista

Luck Counts

"Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves."
--Larry King

Miracles Happen

“Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them.”
--Chaim Weizmann

Fear's Power

“Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”
--Robert T. Kiyosaki

It Takes Guts

“It takes a lot of guts to create things that do not measure well by conventional means.”
--Seth Godin

Fortune Dares

“Fortune sides with him who dares.”

The Test

“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”
--Ralph Sockman

Giver's Get

“What I had, I gave. What I kept was lost forever.”
--Paul Cameron

Motivational Leadership

"Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower

Greatness Tool

“Here is a tool for greatness: Watch a truly righteous person very carefully and observe what he does in order to emulate him.”
-- Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Love Remains

“Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor it is etched on stone, for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever.”

Busy People

“Those who have least to do are generally the most busy people in the world.”
--Samuel Richardson

Treasure People

"Treasure the people who are willing and able to help you reach your goals.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Stay Stupid

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
―Benjamin Franklin

Meet Your Destiny

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”
--Jean de la Fontaine

The Right Direction

"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking."
--Buddhist Saying

A Wider Circle

“Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible."
--Richard Jefferies

Magical Things

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
--Eden Phillpotts

Never Too Old

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
--C.S. Lewis

Missed Shots

“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”
--Wayne Gretzky

Rejected To Better

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”
―Steve Maraboli

To Err

“To err is human; to admit it, superhuman."
--Doug Larson

Unlearned Education

"Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned."
--Mark Twain

Very Little Needs

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
--Marcus Aurelius

Follow Your Heart

“Follow your heart. If you look for approval you hand over your destiny to others.”
--Julie C. Brown

Every Day Matters

“Make every day your masterpiece.”
―John Wooden

Warrior Focus

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
--Bruce Lee

Easy to Talk

"It is easier to talk a big game than to play one."
--Vince Lombardi

No Control

“You cannot control what other people do, only how you react to it.”
--Jeffrey Fry

You Can't Please Everyone

“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
--Bill Cosby

To Do Without

“To have what we want is riches, but to be able to do without is power.”
--George MacDonald

What do You Want?

“You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.”

Art of Politics

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
--Groucho Marx

The Size of You

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you.”
--T. Harv Ecker


“I hate two faced people. It makes it harder for me to decide which side to slap first.”

Imaginary Ills

“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.”
--Theodore N. Vail

Measured Life

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.”

Learn Something New

“Starting a business is largely an excuse to learn something new.”
--Gary Hoover

Listen Carefully

“The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.”
--Napoleon Hill

Be Remarkable

“What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?”
―John Green

Not Captive

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
--Mark Caine

All Chalenges

“To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like.”
--Mike Gafka


“It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.”
--Adlai Stevenson

Vitality Renews

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over."
--F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thinking Becomes You

“We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret.”
--Earl Nightingale

Spoon Fed

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
--E.M. Forster


“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks."
--Charlotte Brontë

Achieve Excellence

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”
--Thomas J. Watson

Chase What's Right

“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.”
--Lolly Daskal

When You Quit

“A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.”
--Richard M. Nixon


"Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations, and small needs."
--William Howard Stein

Happiness Flies

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
--Nathaniel Hawthorne

Little Minds

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.”
--Washington Irving

Left Undone

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
--Pablo Picasso

Dreams Realized

“It has never been my object to record my dreams, just to realize them.”
--Man Ray

Go For Great

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

Raise Your Words

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”


“You were born an original. Don't die a copy."
--John Mason 

Shun Those

“Shun those who feed on your failures.”
–Seth Godin

We Are Our Dreams

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”
--William Shakespeare

Live in a Dream

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
--Henry David Thoreau

Work Expands

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
--C. Northcote Parkinson

Facts Meet Dreams

“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.”
--Victor Hugo


“Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgment.”
--Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Seek Wisdom

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought."
--Matsuo Basho 

Of Little Use

“A reservoir is of little use when the whole countryside is flooded.”
--Hindu Proverb

Fail to Launch

“The only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting something.”
--Seth Godin

Unintended Learning

“I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.”
--Franklin P. Adams

Hard Work's Power

“If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.”
--James Garfield

Go On Drink Up

“Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.”

Wise Work

“The ignorant work for their own profit; the wise work for the welfare of the world.”
--Yogastha Kuru Karmani

Center Your Thoughts

"You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time."
--Charles F. Kettering

Desperation Inspires

“Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.”
--Benjamin Disraeli

Never Thrown Away

“Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.”
--Arthur Helps

Be Valuable

“What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are.”
--Edgar Friedenberg

Be Persistent

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
--Calvin Coolidge

Heros are Made

“Revolutions make heroes at least as much as heroes make revolutions.”
--Seth Godin

Get It Done

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
--Nelson Mandela

True Grit

"Bravery is when you walk into a battle you are not sure of winning."
--Jeffrey Fry

Silent Fool

“A quiet fool is half a sage.”
--Jewish Proverb

Disordered Discoveries

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”
--A.A. Milne

Right Once

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”
--Drew Houston

Change Yourself

“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”
--Reid Hoffman

Life's Measure

“The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.”
--Wayne Dyer

Truly Happy

“You can never be happy unless you learn to love yourself.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Second Wind

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."
--William James

No Nobility

“Nobility without virtue is a fine setting without a gem.”
--Jane Porter

Life's Dimensions

“You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”
―H.L. Mencken

A Master Fails

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.”

When to Let Go

“Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go -- and then do it.”
--Ann Landers

Genius Must Do

“Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.”
--Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Mind Size

“Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.”
   --Blaise Pascal

Be Not a Worm

“If a man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on.”
--Immanuel Kant

Attitude of Gratitude

“An attitude of gratitude increases abundance and diminishes fear.”
--Jeffrey Fry


“A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.”
--J.P. Morgan

Must be Love

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
―Dr. Seuss

Look Forward

“Look to the future, because that's where you'll spend the rest of your life.”
--George Burns

Strength's Source

“Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.”

Fear's Choice

“We can spend our lives either avoiding fear or embracing it.”
--Seth Godin

Do Right

"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astound the rest."
-- Mark Twain

Persuasive Speech

“There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.”
--Mark Twain

Graditude's Magic

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
--Anthony Robbins

Mind Your Manners

“A man by nothing is so well betrayed, as by his manners.”
--Edmund Spenser

Half Life and Death

“Desire is half of life; indifference is half of death.”
--Khalil Gibran

Character Revealed

“A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.”
--Jean Paul Richter

Throne of Bayonets

“You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.”
--Boris Yeltsin

Don't Think, Be Happy

"Happiness is never stopping to think if you are."
--Palmer Sondreal

Worry's Folly

“Worrying about things you cannot control is folly. Focus only on those few things you have any control over, and your life becomes much simpler.”
--Jeffrey Fry

A Foolish Corner

“There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.”

Stung to Death

“To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.”
--William H. Walton

Love of Ourself

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”
--Alexander Smith


“Harmony makes small things grow; lack of it makes great things decay.”

History or Dreams

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
--Patrick Henry

Hope Floats

"Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent."
--Jean Kerr 


Good Judgment

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

Enemy's Fear

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.”
--Eric Hoffer

Live Life Large

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
--Charles Bukowski

Real Friendship

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
--Walter Winchell


“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?”
--Marcel Marceau

Artistry in Choosing

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
--Scott Adams

Real Humility

"Real humility is to know the extent of one's arrogance.”
-- Winston Hodge


“As a rule we disbelieve all facts and theories for which we have no use.”
--William James

Two Rights

“Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.”
--Georg Hegel

Stand and Fall

“Be bold in what you stand for and careful what you fall for.”
--Ruth Boorstin

Old and Wise

“To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.”

Strength in Softness

“As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”
--Lao Tzu

Live by Words

“Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.”
--Adlai Stevenson

A Risk Too Far

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
--T.S. Eliot

Play False

“Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it.”
--Vernon Howard

The Perfect Day

"The perfect day: going to bed with a dream and waking up with a purpose.”

To Be a Prophet

“The best qualification of a prophet is to have a good memory.”
--George Savile

Change the Locks

“Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.”
--Doug Larson

The Best Educated

“The best educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed.”
--Helen Keller

The Art of Tact

“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”
--Isaac Newton

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Self Waste

“We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves."
--George M. Adams

Formidable Combo

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
--Nelson Mandela


“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”

Simple Tastes

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
--Oscar Wilde

Serious Politics

“I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”
--Charles de Gaulle

Ignore Your Neighbors

“How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks."
--Marcus Aurelius

Art of Politics

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.”
--Oscar Ameringer

Friends Fend Off Failure

“No one is ever a failure when he has friends.”

Political Engagement

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

A Bad Parent

“Fear is the parent of cruelty.”
--James Anthony Froude

Political Jokes

“The problem with political jokes is they get elected.”
--Henry Cate, VII

A Little Sight

"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”
--Desiderius Erasmus

Bury Friends' Faults

“Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.”
--Henry Ward Beecher

A Half Wasted Life

“I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.”
―W.C. Fields

Do Your Best

"If a man had done his best, what else is there?"
--George S. Patton


“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”
--Mignon McLaughlin

To Make a Discovery

“He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”
--Samuel Smiles

No God is Wealth

“How unfortunate and how narrowing a thing it is for a man to have wealth who makes a god of it instead of a servant.”
--Mark Twain

Worth Doing

“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.”
--Louis D. Brandeis

Missed Opportunity

“If you see a bandwagon, it is too late.”
--James Goldsmith

Test of Conscience

“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
--Gaylord Nelson

Be Different

"If you cannot differentiate something, or when you do differentiate it, it makes no difference, then it's just noise. Differentiate!"
-- Mark Twain

Work for Luck

“I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
--Coleman Cox (misattributed to Thomas Jefferson)

No Such Limits

“It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.”
--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Necessary Evil

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”
--Thomas Edison

Mistakes Bridge

“Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.”
--Phyllis Theroux


“Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man's survival.”
--Carlos Romulo

Cool Judgment

“One cool judgment is worth a dozen hasty councils. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.”
--Woodrow Wilson

Do Good in Bad Times

“It is not so important what deeds we do when times are good, but what good we do in bad times.”
-- Jeffrey Fry

Great Ideas

“Every great idea contains the seeds of its own failure.”
--John Middleton

Enjoy the Ride

“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”
--George Santayana

Key to Success

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”
--Albert Schweitzer


“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
--Nelson Mandela

Our Opinions

“Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon what they make us see in ourselves.”
--Sarah Grand

A Great Loan

“There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear.”
--Frank Tyger

Growing Up

"Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional."
-- Bobby Orbach

Left Undone

“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”


“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.”
--Thomas Paine

Feel Free

“He who is brave is free.”
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Dream Killer

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

No Goals

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never scoring.”
--Bill Copeland

Unconditional Integrity

“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will.”
--John MacDonald