An executive is a person who always decides , sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides.
John H. Patterson
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Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.
Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.
I'd like to make her look a little more attractive. How far can you pull back ?
Rita, Cameraman (1982)
Failures don't plan to fail, they fail to plan.
If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Repeat anything long enough and it will start to become you.
Your self-beliefs either support or undermine you.
Life is the movie you see through your own eyes. It makes little difference what's happening out there. It's how you take it that counts.
I love him because he's the kind of guy who gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. I love him because he doesn't know how to kiss, the jerk !
Sugarpuss O'Shea, Ball Of Fire (1941)
People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally 'being lived'. They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.
Where there is life, there is hope. Where there are hopes, there are dreams. Where there are vivid dreams repeated, they become goals. Goals become the action plans and game plans that winners dwell on in intricate detail, knowing that achievement is almost automatic when the goal becomes an inner commitment. The response to the challenges of life -- purpose -- is the healing balm that enables each of us to face up to adversity and strife.
How you react when the joke's on you can reveal your character.
Love is when reality is better than your dreams.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going!
If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask.
W. Clement Stone
Love is a moment that lasts forever.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.
If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.
Hoke, you're my best friend.
Daisy Werthan, Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Tell me and I forget , show me and I remember , involve me and I understand.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
I think it pisses god off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it.
Shug, The Color Purple (1985)
The point is that you can't be too greedy.
To be able to say how much love, is love but little.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you'll help them to become what they are capable of becoming.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How far you go in life depends on you 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
Whenever I think of the past it just brings back so many memories.
Rough spots sharpen our performance. And more often than not, obstacles can be turned into advantages. You just can't let your disappointment get in the way.
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
Dixon Steele, In A Lonely Place (1950)
Hatred paralyzes life, love releases it. Hatred confuses life, love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life, love illumines it.
Martin Luther King Jr.
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.
You are what you think you are.
When we won't consider suggestions, we reject our own potential - but we have a right to expect people to be tactful.
Something happened to me. It was the sweetest thing that ever could be. It was a fantasy a dream come true, it was the day I met you !
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Love as much as you can from wherever you are.
Fathers are like a lighthouse when there is fog his children can always depend on seeing the light.
They say you were shot in the tabloids.
Nora Charles, Nick Charles (1934)
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.
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
There is no security on this earth ; there is only opportunity.
Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
Someday when I grow up, finish school and get a job, I'll start living my life the way I want someday after the mortgage is paid off, the finances are on track and the kids are grown up, I'll drive that new car and take exciting trips abroad someday, now that I'm 9 about to retire, I'll buy that beautiful motor home and travel across this great country, and see all there is to see someday.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.
Better late than never.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
As a mother of teenagers, do you know how many times I picked up the phone to apologize to my own mother ?
Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.
Take a chance ! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Rhett Butler, Gone With The Wind (1939)
Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.
Charlotte Vale, Now (1942)
Mr. Allen, this may come as a shock to you, but there are some men who don't end every sentence with a proposition.
Jan Morrow, Pillow Talk (1959)
A kind speech and forgiveness is better than alms followed by injury.
What is essential is invisible to the eyes.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
Its obvious that we don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.
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
From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.
Just because something does n't do what you planned it to do in the first place doesn't mean it's useless.
Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.
The only true gift is a portion of yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you have to drive people that hard to do their job, then you've either got the wrong people, or you've got the right people doing the wrong job.
John P. Strelecky
We didn't land on plymouth rock. Plymouth rock landed on us !
Malcolm X, Malcolm X (1992)
When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen. There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.
It's showtime !
Joe Gideon, All That Jazz (1979)
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau
Without a general an army is lost.
It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by fear.
We are what our thoughts have made us, so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live, they travel far.
Work is love made manifest.
One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
People are like stained glass windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable ?
Helen, Hell's Angels (1930)
You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
All things come to those who wait, but when they come they're out of date.
Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.
John Churton Collins
You must tolerate that which you can not change.
Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
Fear nothing, for every renewed effort raises all former failures into lessons, all sins into experience.
Giving people a little more than they expect is a good way to get back more than you'd expect.
Successful people make decisions quickly (as soon as all the facts are available) and change them very slowly (if ever). Unsuccessful people make decisions very slowly, and change them often and quickly.
Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching.
Wouldja do me a favor, Harry ? Drop dead !
Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday (1950)
The price of greatness is responsibility.
I am both pleased but astonished by the fact that mankind has not yet begun to use all the means and devices that are available for destruction. I hope that such weapons are never manufactured in quantity.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.