Our Favorite Motivational (and Other) Quotations

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“I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars. I look for 1-foot bars that I can step over.” -Warren Buffett

“Money is like gasoline on a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” -Tim O’Reilly

“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.” -Oprah Winfrey

“I have been poor and I have been rich. Rich is better.” -Sophie Tucker

“I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.” -Dee Dee Myers

“The difference between genius and stupidity is, genius has its limits.” -Albert Einstein

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” -Anonymous

“You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.” -Milton Berle

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” -Dale Carnegie

“Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.” -Tony Hsieh

“Success it the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” -Robert Collier

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” -Oscar Wilde

“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” -Thomas Sowell

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance” –Steve Jobs

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

“After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.” -Anonymous

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” -Lord Byron

“A word to the wise isn’t necessary. It’s the stupid ones that need the advice.” -Bill Cosby

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

“The Holiday Season: a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” -Dave Barry

“Do the best you can do until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou

“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” -Jim Carrey

“Any business plan won’t survive its first encounter with reality. [The reality] will never be the plan.” -Jeff Bezos

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell.” -Edward Abbey

“Thanksgiving represents the white man stealing our land. But we’re taking it back one casino at a time.” -Larry Omaha

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” -Lao Tzu

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Those are my principles and if you don’t like them… well I have others.” -Groucho Marx

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss

“I don’t believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.” -Peter Drucker

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” -Frank Zappa

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” -Will Rogers

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” -Bill Gates

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” -Michael Dell

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” -Michael J. Fox

“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”
-attributed to Confucius

“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.” -Marian Anderson

“Maybe it’s a regret, maybe it’s not. It’s merely something that happened. Get over it.” -Pittacus Lore

“You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.” -Dave Barry

“Hope is a risk that must be run.” -George Bernanos

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: try to please everybody.” -Herbert Bayard Swope

“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is… If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.” -Richard Feynman

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” -Sam Ewing

“Hire character. Train skill.” -Peter Schutz

“Life is a progress, and not a station.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” -Colette

“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” -Paul Rand

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” -Dalai Lama

“The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.” -Anonymous

“What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right.” -Howard Cosell

“You never become a howling success by just howling.” -Bob Harrington

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” –Frank Zappa

“The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.” -Tony Gwynn

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” -John D. Rockefeller

“Whenever man comes up with a better mousetrap, nature immediately comes up with a better mouse.” -James Carswell

”Never test the depths of the river with both of your feet.” -Warren Buffet

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” -Dorothy Parker

“One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” -Sidney Howard

“We are all manufacturers: making good, making trouble or making excuses.” -H.V. Adolt

“Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.” -Oscar Wilde

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much today.” -Cherokee proverb

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” -Winston Churchill

“There’s one rule . . . make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.” -Henry Ford

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” -Nelson Mandela

“Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.” -Vincent van Gogh

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” -Bill Gates

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

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” -Max Lucado

“A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.” -Anonymous

“The challenge is not just to build a company that can endure; but to build one that is worthy of enduring.” –Jim Collins

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” -J.K. Rowling

“Every really new idea looks crazy at first.” -Abraham H. Maslow

“Women will forgive anything. Otherwise, the race would have died out long ago.” -Robert A. Heinlein

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

“All revolutionary changes are unthinkable until they happen–and then they are understood to be inevitable.” -Theodore Roszak

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Roger

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Gandhi

“Success [often] depends more on energy and drive than on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.” -Sloan Wilson

“Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.” -George Bernard Shaw

“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.” -Andrew Carnegie

“We think we see the world as it is, when in fact we see the world as we are.” -Stephen R. Covey

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

“We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong.” -Bill Vaughan

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh – at yourself.” -Ethel Barrymore

“Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.” -John Ciardi

“If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.” -John M. Gottman

“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” -Steve Jobs

“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” -attributed to Confucius

“A word to the wise isn’t necessary. It’s the stupid ones that need the advice.” -Bill Cosby

“There’s an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job.” -Peter Drucker

“You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” –Warren Buffett

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” -Peter Drucker

“He who knows best knows how little he knows.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” -Michael Dell

“Hire character. Train skill.” -Peter Schutz

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Money is in some respects life’s fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.” -P.T. Barnum

“All revolutionary changes are unthinkable until they happen–and then they are understood to be inevitable.” -Theodore Roszak

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” -John D. Rockefeller

“Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.” -Mark Twain

“One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” -Sidney Howard

“Flattery is all right, if you don’t inhale.” -Adlai Stevenson

“If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” -Jeff Bezos

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” -Charles Dickens

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh—at yourself.” -Ethel Barrymore

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“In modern business it’s not the crook who’s to be feared most, it’s the honest man who doesn’t know what he’s doing.”  -William Wordsworth

“If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.” -George Bernard Shaw

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” -Oscar Wilde

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” -Sidney Greenberg

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” -Mark Twain

“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” -Marianne Williamson

“Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer; art is everything else.” -Donald E. Knuth

“Few great men would have gotten past personnel.” -Paul Goodman

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” -Aldous Huxley

“The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.” -Richard Cech

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” -J.K. Rowling

“If you spent the same amount of money on improving your products as you do on advertising, you wouldn’t have to advertise.” -Will Rogers

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” -John A. Shedd

“Make it idiot-proof and someone will make a better idiot.” -anonymous

“To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster.” -Stirling Moss

“If you would like to know the value of money, try to borrow some.” -Benjamin Franklin

“You will never find the best when you are always looking for the worst”. -Jeffrey Benjamin

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” -Michael J. Fox

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” -Oscar Wilde

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” -Plato

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” -Coco Chanel

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” -John Hughes

“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline.” -Abraham J. Heschel

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have strength.” -Napoleon Bonaparte

“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.” –Oscar Wilde

“Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls-Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.” -Warren Buffett

“The road to success is always under construction.” -Lily Tomlin

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” -Albert Einstein

“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.” -John Wooden

“And life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.” -Grandma Moses

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished” -Ben Franklin

“If you’re yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning.” -Griff Niblack

“Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.” -Lou Erickson

“Rejection isn’t a sign of failure. Rejection is a reminder that there’s always room for improvement.” -Ana Hart

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” -Lao-Tz

“Don’t look for miracles. You yourself are the miracle.” -Henry Miller

“A thick head can do as much damage as a hard heart.” -H.W. Dodds

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” -Henry David Thoreau

“And Those who were seen dancing… were thought to be insane.. by those who could not hear the music” -Friedrich Nietzsche.

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” -Soren Kierkegaard

“Trust is the glue that holds an org together & the lubricant that moves it forward.” -Colin Powell

“Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.” -French proverb

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” -John C. Maxwell

“Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” -Peter Drucker

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

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” -Arnold H. Glasgow

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” –Dwight Eisenhower

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages” –Robert Bosch

“Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” -Mark Twain

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” -Paul Valery

“Don’t be afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid of standing still.” -Chinese proverb

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” -Ralph Nader

“Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.” -John F. Kennedy

“Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.” -Mark Twain

“Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace” -Elbert Hubbard

“I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” -Warren Buffet

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same”. –Carlos Castaneda

“Thinking is the hardest work to do, that’s why so few people are engaged in it.” -Henry Ford

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” -Anais Nin

“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else.” -Earl Nightingale

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” -Anonymous

“I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.” -Margaret Mead

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” -Oscar Wilde

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” -Isaac Asimov

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.”

-Everett Dirksen

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” -Albert Einstein

“If things seem under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” -Mario Andretti

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” -Erica Jon

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” -Albert Schweitzer

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start”. -Nido Qubein

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” -Henry David Thoreau

“The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee. I will pay more for that ability.” -John D Rockefeller

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” -Dalai Lama

“Sometimes [genius] is just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table.” -Malcolm Gladwell

“A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.” -Petteri Tarkkonen

“We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it.” -French proverb

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” -John F. Kennedy

“Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” -Lucretius

“When we are not sure, we are alive.” -Graham Greene

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” -Harvey Firestone

“Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.” -Homer

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” -Sidney J. Harris

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” -Henry Ford

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass . . . It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”-Vivian Greene

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” -Chinese proverb

 

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