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The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.

Theodore Hesburgh

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.

Ken S. Keyes, Jr.

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

William Ellery Channing

The employer generaly gets the employees he deserves.

Walter Gilbey

One can never consend to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

Helen Keller

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

Vernon Sanders Law

The mind of the people is like mud, from which arises strange and beautiful things.

W. J. Turner

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, it's playing a poor hand well.

Robert Louis Stevenson

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.

Josh Billings

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men, true nobility lies in being superior to your former self.


To generalize is to be an idiot.

William Blake

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without orignal, independent reflection, everything one knows is just an echo of other people's thoughts.

Eric Tsai

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

George Jean Nathan

If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be the sun, be a star. It isn't by size that you win or you fail, it's by being the best of whatever you are.

Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe.

To fly, we have to have resistance.

Maya Lin

Preconcieved notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.

Merry Browne

That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.

Richard Bach

It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vien of gold which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

Chief Seattle

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight... The truly wise person is colorblind.

Albert Schweitzer

Where I was born and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.

Georgia O'Keefe

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.

Erica Jong

Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.

Soren Kierkegaard

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Henry David Thoreau

The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that cannot read them.

Mark Twain

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.

Booker T. Washington

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

Margaret Young

What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others.

It takes one tree to make a thousand matches, it takes one match to burn a thousand trees.

God gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into it's nest.

The depth of your compassion lies in your ability to forgive yourself.

Mark Graham

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

James Dean

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

Franz Kafka

Bygones, which are not forgotten, are teachers about our future.

Chinese saying

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men 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

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius had its limits.

Albert Einstein

As we acquire more knowldege, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.

Albert Schweitzer

My own suspicion is that the universe is not only stranger than we suppose, but stranger than we can suppose.

John Haldane

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook.

Thomas Jefferson

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

James Thurber

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.


One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil. To think is to do.

Victor Hugo

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Theodore Roosevelt

Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne,
He travels fastest who travels alone.


No man chooses to become either a philosopher or a poet; these callings choose the men for themselves.

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

Peter F. Drucker