Use what talent you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke
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Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people's lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.
The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business or in anything else, for that matter.
The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon, everything's different.
Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes
Everybody forgets the basic thing, people are not going to love you unless you love them.
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage -- pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically -- to say 'no' to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the 'good. '
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.
Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
Robert F. Kennedy
People who worked with me or knew me still called me the 'world's fastest human' because I almost never stopped. I'd found that I could get more done with no regular job or regular hours at all, but by being on my own, flying to speak here, help with a public relations campaign for some client there, tape my regular jazz radio show one morning at 5:00 a.m. before leaving on a plane for another city or another continent three hours later to preside over a major sporting event.
The daily grind of hard work gets a person polished.
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Play for more than you can afford to lose and you will learn the game.
Authentic leaders have absorbed the fundamental fact of existence -- that you can't get around life's inherent contradictions. The leadership mind is spacious. It has ample room for the ambiguities of the world, for conflicting feelings, and for contradictory ideas. I believe that the central leadership attribute is the ability to manage polarity.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
In order to grasp the reality, we must see the possibilities. In the present, a formulation of the possibilities is the area in which I gain uncertainty concerning what I decide, without a vision of the possibilities, I act blindly, only a knowledge of the possibilities enables me to know what I am actually doing.
Look back on times of adversity with hope for the future, not regret for the past. Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I am resolved that I will not through my humility become the devil's attorney. I will endeavor to speak a good word for the truth.
While we pursue happiness, we flee from contentment.
In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down.
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Those at the top of the mountain didn't fall there.
Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
Rick Blaine, Casablanca (1942)
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
This is the people's war ! It is our war ! We are the fighters ! Fight it, then ! Fight it with all that is in us, and may god defend the right.
Vicar, Mrs Miniver (1942)
Even though I am nearly deaf, I seem to be gifted with a kind of inner hearing which enables me to detect sounds and noises which the ordinary listener does not hear. quotes
There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.
Follow your dreams.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.
John Davidson Rockefeller
Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment ; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose's egg.
Just because somebody doesn't love you the way you want, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity, a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.
Romanticism is not just a mode, it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
To be able to say how much love, is love but little.
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
Never live in the past but always learn from it.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
Fear nothing, for every renewed effort raises all former failures into lessons, all sins into experience.
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant ?
Henry David Thoreau
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
May you live all the days of your life.
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Praise does wonders for the sense of hearing.
Hi-Yo, Silver !
The Lone Ranger, The Lone Ranger (1956)
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The loving are the daring.
All work is empty save when there is love.
Must you flirt ?
Ninotchka, Leon (1939)
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
Attica ! Attica !
Sonny Wortzik, Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every otherit is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine , but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
Charles Caleb Colton
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
All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak, do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you. Truth is eternal.
If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. Duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth.
Love conquers all.
I demolish my bridges behind methen there is no choice but to move forward. Firdtjof Nansen I do not cast my eyes away from my troubles. I pack them in as little compass as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.
Sooner or later the truth comes to light.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
You can observe a lot just by watching.
A dream is a wish your heart makes.
What do they think I am, dumb or something ? Why, I make more money than Calvin Coolidge ! Put together !
Lina Lamont, Singin (1952)
What this power is I cannot say. All I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
Alexander Graham Bell
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
So many fail because they don't get started -- they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
W. Clement Stone
Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
As strong as my legs are, it is my mind that has made me a champion.
Living, love and death are one thing, not divisive, not separated, not divorced, not in the field of time but it is completely a living, moving thing, indivisible. And that is immortal.
It is not the job of the general to be winning. It is his job to win.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity , an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. It's eternal goal is life.
Appreciate me now, and avoid the rush.
Your level of brilliance will determine the size of your opportunities in life.
Be of love a little more careful than of anything.
It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
Look at that ! Look how she moves. That's just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motor. I tell you, it's a whole different sex !
Jerry, Some Like It Hot (1959)
The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word coeur, meaning ''heart''. Thus just as one's heart, by pumping blood to one's arms, legs, and brain enables all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological virtues. Without courage other values whither away into mere facsimiles of virtue.
It's always too soon to quit !
Norman Vincent Peale
I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.
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Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.
Henry David Thoreau
Love is not love until love's vulnerable.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which was already but too easy to arrive at