Know thyself was the inscription over the Oracle at Delphi. And it is still the most difficult task any of us faces. But until you truly know yourself, strengths and weaknesses, know what you want to do and why you want to do it, you can not succeed in any but the most superficial sense of the word. The leader never lies to himself, especially about himself, knows his flaws as well as his assets, and deals with them directly. You are your own raw material. When you know what you consist of and why you want to make of it, then you can invent yourself.
Leaders are people who are able to express themselves fully, they know who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how to fully deploy their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. They also know what they want, why they want it, and how to communicate what they want to others, in order to gain compensation and support. Finally, they know how to achieve their goals. The key to full self-expression is understanding one's self and the world, and the key to understanding is learning -- from one's own life and experience.
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Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
Build a dream and the dream will build you.
Robert H. Schuller
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness ?
We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
I do not think much of a man who does not know more today than he did yesterday.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you can not do.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Badges ? We ain't got no badges ! We don't need no badges ! I don't have to show you any stinking badges !
Gold Hat, The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.
Talent does you no good unless it's recognized by someone else.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a persons determination.
Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
Norman Vincent Peale
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ask for advice but do what you think is best.
Faith can move mountains.
Accept the past for what it was. Acknowledge the present for what it is. Anticipate the future for what it can become.
Tracy L. McNair
All progress occurs because people dare to be different
You must take personal responsibility. You can not change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
You can't expect people to look eye to eye with you if you are looking down on them.
Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, " What's in it for me ? ".
What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.
Louis L. Mann
The secret of education lies in respecting the student.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Most ball games are lost, not won.
As a writer, I tell stories and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories, and I give them money.
Martin Cruz Smith
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
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If you want to reach a goal, you must see the reaching in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
Success is never ending, failure is never final.
Dr. Robert Schuller
Face it girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.
Evelyn Couch, Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
What is strength without a double share of wisdom ?
The heart is wiser than the intellect.
There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.
What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.
Henry Ward Beecher
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.
Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.
We're sisters under the same mink.
Debby Marsh, The Big Heat (1953)
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If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.
We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.
Insist on yourself, never imitate. Every great man is unique.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every achiever I have ever met says, My life turned around when I began to believe in me.
Robert H. Schuller
Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)
Open the pod bay doors,
Dave Bowman, Hal (2001)
Motherhood qualified me to let the child within come out and play.
May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
I have realized god sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see god in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
God is present in every jiva, there is no other god besides that. Who serves jiva serves god indeed.
Confidence imparts a wonderful inspiration to its possessor.
I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore !
Howard Beale, Network (1976)
Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
I am not an animal ! I am a human being. I am a man.
John Merrick, The Elephant Man (1980)
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright
It's always too soon to quit !
Norman Vincent Peale
There's no abiding success without commitment.
Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
They call me Mister Tibbs !
Virgil Tibbs, In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
Each person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique.
I'm the ghost with the most, babe.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice (1988)
Fathers are like a lighthouse when there is fog his children can always depend on seeing the light.
I feel I have this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. Whether it is a godhead or not, I feel this great force, this untapped power, this dynamic something within me. This feeling defies description, and there is no experience with which this feeling may be compared. It is something like a strong emotion mixed with faith, but a lot stronger.
Work is love made manifest.
Love that is true never grows old.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
Charles F. Kettering
Throughout the centuries there have been men who took the first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
Cutter, Gunga Din (1939)
Other men have seen angels, But I have seen thee, And thou art enough.
Your attitude determines your altitude.
No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.
There are two things to aim at in life, first, to get what you want, and after that to to enjoy it.
Logan Pearsall Smith
Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi
I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.
Michael Corleone, The Godfather (1974)
A gentle breeze blowing in the right direction is better than a pair of strong oars.
Canary Island Proverb
What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.
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
I want the fairy tale.
Vivian, Pretty Woman (1990)
Can miles truly separate you from friends. If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there ?
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others. I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Practice loving people. It is true that this requires effort and continued practice, for some are not very lovable, or so it seems - with emphasis on "seems". Every person has lovable qualities when you really learn to know him.
Norman Vincent Peale
If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man.
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
Henry David Thoreau
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Success is the proper utilization of failure.
It is no use saying "we are doing our best". You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.