Quotes


ON BUILDING
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."
Jim Rohn

ON PLYWOOD

"When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back."
Steve Jobs

ON WEATHER

"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get."
Mark Twain

ON HERITAGE

"My father was a construction engineer, and my mother was a production engineer."
Mikhail Khodorkovsky

ON TAKING RISKS

"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
James Bryant Conant

ON CONSTRUCTION

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.
David Allan Coe

ON SELF-IMPROVEMENT

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self.
Aldous Huxley

ON ELOQUENCE

It's as interesting and as difficult to say a thing well as to paint it. There is the art of lines and colors, but the art of words exists too, and will never be less important.
Vincent van Gogh

ON PERCEPTION

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it's only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. That's relativity.
Albert Einstein

ON NOT FOLLOWING THE CROWD

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau

ON VALUES

When you've got them by their wallets, their hearts and minds will follow.
Fern Naito

ON THOUGHTFUL SPEECH

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Robert Frost

ON GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German, and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German, and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
Albert Einstein

ON MEASURING YOUR WORDS

Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Baltasar Gracian

ON GOOD STARTS MAKING GOOD FINISHES

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Goethe

ON CLEAR, CONCISE COMMUNICATION

Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words.
Ecclesiasticus

ON STICKING TO YOUR GOALS

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

ON TRUE STRENGTH

It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the force and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

ON PLANNING YOUR MOVES

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Robert Frost

ON WINNING THROUGH PERSEVERANCE

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli

ON STICKING TO YOUR GOALS

You always pass failure on the way to success.
Mickey Rooney

ON BARRIERS TO SUCCESS

Nobody can honestly think of himself as a strong character because, however successful he may be in overcoming them, he is necessarily aware of the doubts and temptations that accompany every important choice.
W.H. Auden

ON THE VALUE OF CONCISE SPEECH

Say what you have to say, and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending - sit down.
Winston Churchill

ON THE SHACKLES OF BEING REASONABLE

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

ON CAREFUL CHOICE OF WORDS

If no thought your mind does visit make your speech not too explicit.
Peit Hein

ON BUSINESS ETHICS

Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
Robert F. Kennedy

ON EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.
W.H. Auden

ON MATCHING SKILL WITH LUCK

It isn't enough for you to love money - it's also necessary that money should love you.
Baron Rothschild

ON PRIMING THE PUMP

The darkest hour of any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.
Horace Greeley

ON HOLDING YOUR TONGUE

In Maine we have a saying that there's no point in speaking unless you can improve on silence.
Edmund Muskie

ON LEADERSHIP

A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
Charles de Gaulle

ON KNOWING WHEN TO GO ON, AND WHEN TO STOP

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Henry Ward Beecher

ON SELLING TO THE HEART AS WELL AS THE HEAD

Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.
Benjamin Franklin

ON KEEPING YOUR OPTIONS OPEN

In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Winston Churchill

ON WINNING WITH GRACE

High station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
Tennessee Williams

ON THE VALUE OF FRESH THOUGHT

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, through it contradict everything you said today.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

ON THE VALUE OF SELLING

Everyone lives by selling something.
Robert Louis Stevenson


ON SPEAKING TO BE HEARD AND APPRECIATED

A sick man that gets talking about himself, a woman that gets talking about her baby, and an author that begins reading out of his own book, never know when to stop.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

ON SEEKING TRUTH

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
Erich Fromm

ON PERSUASION

If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.
Lord Chesterfield

ON CONVICTION

Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

ON THE VALUE OF HIGH PRODUCT QUALITY

It is not the employer who pays wages - he only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages.
Henry Ford

ON MAKING YOUR OWN GOOD LUCK

The harder you work, the luckier you get.
Gary Player

ON CONFIDENCE

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.
Dag Hammarskjold


ON CLARITY OF COMMUNICATION

Everyone hears only what he understands.
Goethe

ON SUCCESS

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become.
Brooke Foss Westcott

ON BEING UNDERSTOOD

"Plain English" - everybody loves it, demands it - from the other fellow.
Jacques Barzun

ON ACHIEVING GOALS

It is no use saying "we are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Winston Churchill

ON BEING CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work 12 hours a day.
Robert Frost

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF OTHERS

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received.
Albert Einstein

ON WHY WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK HARD

Out of every fruition of success, no matter what, comes forth something to make a new effort necessary.
Walt Whitman

ON NEVER GIVING UP

If you start to take Vienna - take Vienna.
 
Napoleon Bonaparte

Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure.
Knute Rockne

ON CHOOSING YOUR WORDS VERY CAREFULLY

Not a sentence or a word is independent of the circumstances under which it is uttered.
Alfred North Whitehead

ON HONESTY

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
Charles Dickens

ON EXTRAORDINARY CUSTOMER SERVICE

You are never giving, nor can you ever give, enough service.
James R. Cook

ON COURAGE

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Peter Drucker

ON WORKING TOWARDS SUCCESS

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

ON WHY NEGOTIATION WORKS

Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.
Dean Acheson

ON STICKING TO YOUR PLAN

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
Epictetus

ON INTERESTING SPEECH

How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet    not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person?
La Rochefoucauld

ON OPEN-MINDEDNESS

It isn't so astonishing, the number of things that I can remember, as the number of things I can remember that aren't so.
Mark Twain

ON UNDERSTANDING OUR REAL ENEMIES

If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

ON TRUE LEADERSHIP

I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.
Harold Geneen

ON EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Conversation is the fine art of mutual consideration and communication about matters of common interest that basically have some human importance.
Ordway Tead

ON ACHIEVING YOUR OWN PERSONAL GREATNESS

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.
Albert Schweitzer

ON NEVER GIVING UP

The game ain't over until it's over.
Yogi Berra

ON USING YOUR NATURAL GIFTS

Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
Erica Jong

ON LIGHTING A CANDLE

When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.
Salman Rushdie

ON WHY YOUR SUCCESS IS REALLY UP TO YOU

Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings.
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

ON WHAT REALLY COUNTS

Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.
Laurence J. Peter

ON PERSONAL SUCCESS

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?
Paul Getty

ON PLAYING TO YOUR STRENGTHS

The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong - but that's the way to bet.
Damon Runyon

ON REALLY LISTENING

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
Karl Menninger

ON TRUE LEADERSHIP

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Indira Gandhi

ON INDEPENDENT THINKING

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary
William Wrigley, Jr.

ON CHOOSING YOUR DIRECTION

It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
George Dennison Prentice

ON THE VALUE OF WORK OVER TIME

What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are: and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.
H.P. Liddon

ON THE VALUE OF ALWAYS SPEAKING POSITIVELY

A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage. People may be amused at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought out against him upon some subsequent occasion.
Samuel Johnson