The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.
We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
You were made perfectly to be loved - and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
We're on a mission from God.
Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers (1980)
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.
The greatest humiliation in life is to work hard on something from which you expect appreciation, and then fail to get it.
Edgar Watson Howe
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Attica ! Attica !
Sonny Wortzik, Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Submit to love faithfully and it gives a person joy. It intoxicates, it envelops, it isolates. It creates fragrance in the air, ardour from coldness, it beautifies everything around it.
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
Seek first to understand, then be understood
Are great things ever done smoothly ? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.
Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.
Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
Spread love everywhere you go, first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness, kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.
The more alternatives, the more difficult the choice.
Love is a great beautifier.
Louisa May Alcott
We have a problem. ''Congratulations. '' But it's a tough problem. ''Then double congratulations. ''
W. Clement Stone
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
I believe that it is better to learn from the diverse people around us than to try in vain to emulate them, better to be a teacher than a role model. As strong as my legs are, it is my mind that has made me a champion.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
I become a waterwheel, turning and tasting you, as long as water moves.
Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain !
The Wizard Of Oz, The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Life without a purpose is a languid, drifting thing , every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves, 'This day let me make a sound beginning
Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.
To freely bloom - that is my definition of success.
Not much meat on her, but what's there is choice.
Mike Conovan, Pat And Mike (1952)
Doomed are the hotheads ! Unhappy are they who lose their cool and are too proud to say, ''I'm sorry. ''
Robert H. Schuller
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Unfortunately, most of the students in martial art are conformers. The student seldom learns to depend upon himself for expression. Instead, he faithfully or blindly follows an instructor, the authority figure, and his instructor's imposed
pattern. That way, the student feels he is no longer alone and finds security in mass imitation. However, what is nurtured is the dependent mind rather than independent inquiry, which is so essential to genuine understanding. So through daily conditioning a student will probably be skilled according to a pattern, however, he will not come to understand himself.
No matter how big government gets, and no matter how many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Mr. Christian !
Captain Bligh, Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)
Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
Why don't you come up sometime and see me ?
Lady Lou, She Done Him Wrong (1933)
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Only in his own way and not in any other can the one who strives perfect himself. He who lays hold of the rung of his companion and lets go of his own rung, through him neither the one nor the other will be realized.
A teacher, a really good teacher, is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to truth. Therefore, a good teacher, or, more appropriately, a guide, studies each student individually and helps to awaken the student to explore himself, both internally and externally, and ultimately to integrate himself with his being. All in all, a teacher acts as a catalyst, and not only must he have a tremendous understanding; he must also possess a sensitive mind with great flexibility and adaptability.
If our thoughts and hopes are elsewhere, it is impossible to set our faces steadily toward the work required of us.
The best leader brings out the best in those he has stewardship over.
J. Richard Clarke
Be the change you want to see in the world.
The main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Change comes from within.
When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
People who are afraid to fail can never experience the joys of success.
Do not let the reasons for your challenges become the excuses for your failure.
Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined.
There is a great man who makes every man feels small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
G. K. Chesterton
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
Gollum, The Lord Of The Rings (2002)
The leader has a clear idea of what he wants to do -- professionally and personally -- and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures.
Warren G. Bennis
Without courage, all others virtues lose their meaning.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
You do not pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.
The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and god will be in them.
Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize.
Norman Vincent Peale
Shut up and deal.
Fran Kubelik, The Apartment (1960)
Father to a murdered son. Husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
Maximus, Gladiator (2000)
I'm not here just to make a living, I'm here to make a difference.
Indecision is the seedling of fear.
The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand - without growing weary. Because such thinking is often difficult, there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the effort and labor that is associated with it.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
If you build it, he will come.
Field of Dreams
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
Average investors are on the outside trying to look into the inside of the company or property they are investing in.
Robert T. Kiyosaki
If I am not for myself, who will be for me ? Yet if I am for myself alone, of what good am I ?
It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.
Love is not only something you feel. It's something you do.
Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.
In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.
Don't hide your light under a bushel.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Follow the money.
Deep Throat, All The President's Men (1976)
When we direct our thoughts properly, we can control our emotions.
W. Clement Stone
He who dares nothing need hope for nothing.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.
Carl Denham, King Kong (1933)
Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.
Robert H. Schuller
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Henry Ward Beecher
The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you're not sure where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else.
It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them and a lifetime to forget them.
Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.
To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
Theodore H. White
The real test in golf and in life is not in keeping out of the rough, but in getting out after you are in.
The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.
Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.