Quote Library



Just a few words can spur the brain, connect mental dots, stir the heart, and lead to those wonderful “Aha!" moments.


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"I am no longer quite sure what the question is.  But I do know the answer.  And the answer is Yes. "

  -Leonard Bernstein


"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter"

  -e.e. cummings

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." 

  -Henry Ford

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

  -Winston Churchill

“Solve, rather than complain.”  

   -Jeffrey Gitomer

“I believe that a smile is the attribute of a positive attitude, both for yourself and the perception of others."

   -Jeffrey Gitomer

“Taking the right actions first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.”  

   -Jeffrey Gitomer

"Life is 10 percent what happns to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”  

   -Charles Swindell

"Tell me what you can do, not what you can’t.  Tell me the solution, don’t puke on me.”  

   -Jeffrey Gitomer

"Never let negative people rent space in your mind.”  

   -MIke Gilmore


“A well-built brand is the culmination of intangibles that do not directly flow to the revenue or profitability of a company, but contribute to its texture. Forsaking them can take a subtle, collective toll.”

   -Howard Schultz

"Build Value.  Let reputation follow.  Brand that.”

   -Tom Willis

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that you'll do things differently.”

   -Warren Buffett

"The person who pays an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity gets badly cheated.”

   -Ronald Reagan


“There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”

   -Victor Hugo

“Follow the first law of holes: If you are in one, stop digging.”

   -Dennis Healey


“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”

   -Cavett Robert

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”

   -James Michener

“In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing.  The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

   -Theodore Roosevelt

“Your task is to sit up straight, not to be held straight.”

   -Marcus Aurelius


“The quality of your results reflects the level of your commitment.”

   -Robin Sharma

“No great thing is created suddenly.”



“Ask one more questions before you answer.”

   -Jeffrey Gitomer


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

   -Peter Drucker

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

   -Will Rogers

“Accept complete responsibility both for understanding and for being understood.”

   -Brian Tracy


"Confidence is the most important single factor in the game, and no matter how great your talent, there is only one way to obtain it - work."

   -Jack Nicklaus

Creative Process

"You can't wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club."

   -Jack London

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come."

   -Victor Hugo

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."

   -Linus Pauling


“…like crafting the perfect cup of coffee, creating an engaging, respectful, trusting workplace culture is not the result of any one thing.  It’s a combination of intent, process, and heart, a trio that must constantly be fine-tuned.”

   -Howard Schultz

“…in the end, management doesn’t change culture.  Management invites the workforce itself to change the culture.”

   -Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

“In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value.”

   -Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” 

   -Peter Drucker


“When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures, so I did 10 times more work.”

   - George Bernard Shaw

“Get a good idea, and stay with it.  Dog it and work it until it's done and done right.”

   - Walt Disney

“What is harder than rock, or softer than water?  Yet soft water hollows out hard rock.  Persevere.”

   - Ovid, Roman poet

“Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated.  They simply quit.”

   -Paul Meyer

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

   -Vince Lombardi

“Be humble.  Be hungry.  And always be the hardest worker in the room.”

   -Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

“Life doesn't just hand you things.  You have to get out there and make things happen.  That's the exciting part.”

   -Emeril Lagasse


“Someone might have a gem of talent, but 90% of it is discipline and how you practice it, what you do with it.  Instinct won’t carry you through the entire journey. It’s what you do in the moments between inspiration.”

   -Cate Blanchett

“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; and the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”

   -Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.”

   -Jerry Rice

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.  The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

   -Jim Rohn

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

   -Samuel Johnson

“A professional is a man who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.”

   -Alistair Cooke

“Start where you are. use what you have. Do what you can.”

   -Arthur Ashe

“If we wasted money the same way we wasted time, we'd all be bankrupt.”

   -Seth Godin

“Lost time is never found again.”

   -Benjamin Franklin


“An educated consumer is our best customer.”

   -Sy Syms

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

   -John Locke

"The book you don't read won't help."

   -Jim Rohn


“Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.”

   -Joann Thomas

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

   -Booker T. Washington

“There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.”

   -Katherine Butler Hathaway

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”

   -Anatole France


“When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value.”

   -Thomas Edison

“Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.”

   -Ivern Ball

“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you're doing you will be successful.”

   -Albert Schweitzer


“The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo.”

   -Seth Godin

“Perfection is not attainable.  But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

   -Vince Lombardi

"Quality control is supposed to happen in the kitchen, NOT at the table.“

   -Auntee Rik

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”

   -Charles Kettering

"You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”

   -Jim Rohn

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.”

   -Henry David Thoreau


“Some of us learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be the other people.”

   -Zig Ziglar

“In order for you to profit from your mistakes, you have to get out and make some.”


“The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.”

   -John McEnroe

“Little minds...are subdued by misfortune...Great minds rise above them.”

   -Washington Irving

Fear (and conquering it!)

“When in doubt, look for the fear.  That’s almost always the source of the doubt.”    

   -Seth Godin

“Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.”    

   -Chinese Proverb

“Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.”   

   -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others."   

   -Robert Louis Stevenson

“A ship in the port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."   

   -Grace Hopper

“Courage is like a muscle.  We strengthen it with use."   

   -Ruth Gordon

“A weak internal fire is needy and falls prey to the ongoing negative dialogues that permeate our minds."  

   -Debbie Ford

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquered that fear."  

   -Nelson Mandela

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."  

   -Anais Nin

“He who is not conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life."  

   -Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action."  

   -Napoleon Hill

“Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion."  

   -Dorothea Brande

“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines."  

   -Brian Tracy

Human Nature

“You can’t ignore coincidence.”  

   -Les Spivey

“It is the nature  of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.”  

   -John Steinbeck

“Ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity.  Pride is the burden of a foolish person.”  

   -Dr. Rick Rigsby

Inner Strength

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”  

   -Muhammad Ali

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”    

   -Bruce Barton

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness.  Nothing is as gentle as real strength.”    

   -Ralph W. Stockton

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”    

   -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”    

   -Christopher Reeve


“You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”  

   -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  

   -William Ward

“Everyone wants to be appreciated.  So if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret.”  

   -Mary Kay Ash


"Lead, follow, or get out of the way" is brutish and short-sighted.  One way or another, everyone leads by word or example.  So let us say to all "Lead well."  

   -Tom Willis

"Asking questions will get you the performance you are after far better than dictating demands."

   -Dan James

"The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity."

   -Tom Peters

"The best way to persuade someone is with your ears, by listening to them."

   -Dean Rusk

"Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line."

   -Warren Bennis

"If you don't understand followship, you can't understand leadership."

   -Tom Willis

"Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating."

   -John Wooden

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

   -John F. Kennedy

Personal Development

“My Holy Writ: Act your way into thinking beats think your way into acting.”  

   -Tom Peters

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”  

   -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“To fly we have to have resistance.”  

   -Maya Lin

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”  

   -Carl Jung


“Age is of no importance unless you're a cheese.”  

   -Billie Burke

“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.”  

   -William Arthur Ward

“Live fully, listen carefully, love deeply, laugh frequently, learn always, lead well.”  

   -Tom Willis

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I...I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  

   -Robert Frost

"For every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage.”  

   -Clement Stone

"Seek to build bridges instead of setting fences.”  

   -Tom Willis

"The question is not what you look at but what you see.”  

   -Henry Thoreau

"In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”  

   -Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s.   And guess what they might have planned for you?  Not much.”  

   -Jim Rohn

"Be quick, but don't hurry."

   -Coach John Wooden

"The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you're the pilot.”  

   -Michael Altshuler

"Either you run the day, or the day runs you."

   -Jim Rohn


“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”  

   -Thomas Edison

"When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.”  

   -Lao Tzu

"Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”  

   -George Bernard Shaw

"I've felt that dissatisfaction is the basis of progress.  When we become satisfied in business, we become obsolete.”  

   -J. Willard Marriott Sr. 

"If you want to get the best out of a person you must look for the best that is in him.”  

   -Bernard Haldane


“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if needed.  You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”


“Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

   -Napoleon Hill

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

   -Arthur Ashe

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”

   -Napoleon Hill

“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”

   -Jonathan Winters

“The single most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

   -Theodore Roosevelt

“Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there's something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you're good at - something that's bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again.”

  -Whit Hobbes

“Take great care to manage the little things well and the big things will take care of themselves.”

  -Jim Foley


“Purpose affirms trust, trust affirms purpose, and together they forge individuals into a working team.”

   -Stanley McChrystal

“Transparency creates trust.”

   -Michael Schrage

“A good collaboration pushes the boundaries of both partners.”

   -Neil Blumenthal


“Your best work is your deepest values made visible.”

   -Robin Sharma


“Investing my time doing the things that help me live up to my governing values sometimes makes me money, and always makes me richer.”

   -Tom Willis

“Values are caught, not taught.”

   -Rolf Crocker


“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”

   -Wayne Gretzky

“You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right.”

   -Alvin Toffler


“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

   -Theodore Isaac Rubin

“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”

   -George Santayana

“Create tomorrow by pursuing what you don't know today.”

   -Dan Rockwell

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