Tag: Classics

Quotes December 23, 2023

I think I would want my gravestone to read: ‘Here lie the remains of Ted Morgan, who became an American.’
Anxiety is the price that must be paid for boundless opportunity.
Ted Morgan (Sanche de Gramont),
writer, journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do.
George Bernard Shaw – 1856-1950 – Playwright-Critic
Courage of the heart is very rare. Let it guide you.
Sarah J. Maas – Author
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert Green Ingersoll – 1833-1899 – Lecturer
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
John Wooden – 1910-2010 – American Basketball Coach
Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.
Ramana Maharshi – 1879-1950 – Indian Hindu Sage
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
Elbert Hubbard – 1856-1915 – American Writer-Artist-Philosopher
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot – 1888-1965 – Poet-Essayist-Publisher-Social Critic
One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure.
Gertrude Stein,
writer, poet

If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison – 1847-1931 – Inventor
“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


Quotes November 01-02, 2023

There is no reverse in life, only a future in which you can steer it.
Eric Kizer – Author
“Being young isn’t about age; it’s about being a free spirit.”
Lesley “Twiggy” Lawson
“You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”
Carrie Fisher
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.”
“It’s even harder to stay at the top in sports than it is to get there.”
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
Billie Jean King
“I believe in the impossible because no one else does.”
Florence Griffith Joyner
“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.”
Althea Gibson
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Yogi Berra
“The best protection any woman can have is courage.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
President Teddy Roosevelt
“Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.”
Jane Addams
“It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.”
“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Be yourself. The world worships the original.”
Ingrid Bergman
“Never try to be someone else’s definition of beautiful. You have to define beautiful for yourself.”
“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”
Janis Joplin
“Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”
Warren Buffett
“At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.”
Christopher Reeve
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein
“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”
John D. Rockefeller
“After you make a fool of yourself a few hundred times, you learn what works.”
Gwen Stefani
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
Mahatma Gandhi
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Truman Capote
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward.”
Princess Diana
“You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.”
Bette Davis
“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
Orson Welles
“It pays to know the enemy–not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.”
Margaret Thatcher
“We must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Now all we need is to continue to speak the truth fearlessly, and we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things.”
Lucy Stone
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
Malala Yousafzai
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
Steve Jobs
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“You better live every day like your last because one day you’re going to be right.”
Ray Charles
“Always do your very best. Even when no one else is looking, you always are. Don’t disappoint yourself.”
Colin Powell
“We are all the victims of our own talent and our own shortcomings sometimes, and we have to be aware of those things because they will trip us up and stop us from achieving what our aims are.”
Angela Lansbury
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
Mae Jemison
“We’re not born creative or destructive. Each one of us has the ability to create or destroy, to leave the world better than we found it, or worse.”
Yo-Yo Ma

Quotes October 28, 2023

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”
Aldous Huxley
To listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.
Mark Nepo
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott – 1832-1888 – Novelist-Short Story Writer-Poet
Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless.
Maxime Legace – Professional Ice Hockey Player
Let us be quicker to praise than to find fault. Let us be quicker to thank others than to complain.
Desmond Tutu – Nobel Prize Recipient for Peace
“Success doesn’t change you. Fame does.”
Whitney Houston
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen Covey – 1932-2012-Educator-Author-Businessman-Keynote Speaker
“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”
Lauren Bacall
A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.
George R.R. Martin
“You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.”
Roger Federer
“Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.”
Alex Haley


Quotes September 22, 2023

I may not have been the best combat commander, but I always strove to be. My men depended on me to carefully analyze every tactical situation, to maximize the resources that I had at my disposal, to think under pressure, and then to lead them by personal example.
Major Dick Winters
Owning the facts is a prerequisite to leadership. But there are millions of technocrats out there with lots of facts in their quivers and little leadership potential. In many cases, what they are missing is empathy. No one is a leader who can’t put himself or herself in the other person’s shoes. Empathy and expertise command respect.
Lieutenant General, William Pagonis
Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.
Chris Hadfield, Astronaut
When things go wrong in your command, start wading for the reason in increasingly larger concentric circles around your own desk.
General Bruce D. Clark
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.
General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur
If officers desire to have control over their commands, they must remain habitually with them, industriously attend to their instruction and comfort, and in battle lead them well.
Stonewall Jackson
Leadership is of the spirit, compounded of personality and vision: its practice is an art. Management is of the mind, more a matter of accurate calculation, of statistics, of methods, timetables and routine; its practice is a science. Managers are necessary; leaders are essential.
Field Marshal Sir Bill Slim, Governor General of Australia
You manage things; you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.
Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hooper
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The truth is that you always know the right thing to do. The tough part is doing it.
General Norman Schwarzkopf
“Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederic…This is the only way to become a great general and master the secrets of the art of war…”
Napoleon Bonaparte
“An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep.”
Alexander the Great
Who dares, wins. Who sweats, wins. Who plans, wins.
British Special Air Service (SAS)
Facta non verba (Translation: Deeds, not words)
Canadian Joint Task Force
Discipline is the soul of an army.
George Washington

Quotes August 24, 2023

“You have to be good at saying no and picking the things that really matter.”
“It’s much better to aim low. I did not intend to get rich. I wanted to be independent. I just overshot.”
Warren Buffet
“Focus is about saying no.”
Steve Jobs
“Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein
“Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
Mahatma Gandhi
“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.”
“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
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.”
Madame Marie du Deffand
“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
Earl Nightingale
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Marcus Aurelius


Quotes August 19-21, 2023

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.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein – 1879-1955 – Physicist-Nobel Prize Winner
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
John F. Kennedy
I knew that I just didn’t have it in me to give up, even if I sometimes felt like a fool for continuing to believe.
Misty Copeland – Ballet Dancer
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Truman Capote – 1924-1984 – Novelist
I know I have the body but of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm.
Queen Elizabeth I
I hold the sun to be situated motionless in the center of the revolution of the celestial orbs while the Earth rotates on its axis and revolves about the sun.
Galileo Galilei
I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realized. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela – 1918-2013 – Political Leader – Philanthropist – Former President of South Africa
That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln
I come to ask you to help to win this fight. If we win it, this hardest of all fights, then, to be sure, in the future it is going to be made easier for women all over the world to win their fight when their time comes.
Emmeline Pankhurst
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.
Winston Churchill – 1874-1965 – Former British Prime Minister
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
Oprah Winfrey – Actress – Talk Show Host – Producer – Philanthropist
No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Demi Lovato – Singer-Actress-Author-Songwriter
For everyone who has ever felt unworthy, for whatever reason—and we all have at one time or another—a single incident does not define you. Your worth is in the effort you bring to living the best life you can. As wonderful as the achievements are, it is in the striving that you prove yourself. Not that you are perfect or even trying to be perfect, just that you are trying.
Elissa Strati,
Baxter’s Bravery: Hers to Redeem


Quotes August 13-14, 2023

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
Ronald Reagan – 1911-2004 – 40th U.S. President
Falling is one of the ways of moving forward.
Merce Cunningham – 1919-2009 – Dancer-Choreographer
“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”
Harry Truman
“It’s so nice to get flowers while you can still smell the fragrance.”
Lena Horne
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Nelson Mandela
“Don’t be afraid of perfection. You will never attain it!”
Salvador Dalí
“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”
Katharine Hepburn
“I believe that you’re here on Earth for a short time, and while you’re here, you shouldn’t forget it.”
Bea Arthur
“Independence is happiness.”
Susan B. Anthony
“Laughter helps you put everything into perspective.”
Jim Henson
“Success is attaining your dream while helping others to benefit from that dream materializing.”
Sugar Ray Leonard
“It’s a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb.”
Abby Wambach
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
Muhammad Ali

Quotes August 07, 2023

“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.”
Ella Fitzgerald
One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
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G.K. Chesterton
“Passion is what makes life interesting.”
Pat Tillman
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.”
Mark Twain
“Doubt can motivate you, so don’t be afraid of it.”
Barbra Streisand
“You never teach a subject; you always teach a child.”
Dorothy Height
“War is what happens when language fails.”
Margaret Atwood
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein
They stand on the wrong side of history at this very moment. We stand in solidarity, in unprecedented unity.
Fran Drescher,
actor, writer, current president of SAG-AFTRA
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”
Charles Darwin
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”
Coretta Scott King
“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
Jackie Robinson


Quotes July 13, 2023

“Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace”
“Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”
“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”
Michael J. Fox
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
Sylvia Plath
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Arthur C. Clarke
“You don’t have to understand things for them to be.”
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma”
Eartha Kitt
The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive.
Carlos Castaneda
“Just because technology is improving doesn’t mean our humanity is.”
John Lovell
Remember: cheap tools aren’t good and good tools aren’t cheap.

Quotes March 25, 2023

We cannot solve a problem with the same mentality that created it.
Albert Einstein – 1879-1955 – Physicist-Nobel Prize Winner
“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“There is a very fine line between success and failure. Just one ingredient can make the difference.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber
“There is no deodorant like success.”
Elizabeth Taylor
“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition, he or she has overcome to reach his [or her] goals.”
Dorothy Height
“It’s the rough side of the mountain that’s the easiest to climb; the smooth side doesn’t have anything for you to hang on to.”
Aretha Franklin