Thou shalt not covet thy
neighbour's house, thou shalt not
covet thy neighbour's wife, nor
his manservant, nor his maid-
servant, nor his ox, nor his ass,
nor any thing that is thy neigh-
Exodus 20:17, King James Version
A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that
sticketh closer than a brother.
Set me as a seal upon thine
heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for
love is strong as death; jealousy
is cruel as the grave: the coals
thereof are coals of fire, which
hath a most vehement flame.
But when thou doest alms, let
not thy left hand know what thy
right hand doeth:
Wherefore they are no more
twain, but one flesh. What there-
fore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.
Jesus said unto him, If thou
wilt be perfect, go and sell that
thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come and follow me.
I have shewed you all things,
how that so labouring ye ought to
support the weak, and to remem-
ber the words of the Lord Jesus,
how he said, It is more blessed to
give than to receive.
Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of neces-
sity: for God loveth a cheerful
For the love of money is
the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have
erred from the faith, and
pierced themselves through
with many sorrows.
Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
A consultant is a person who takes your money and annoys your employees while tirelessly searching for the best way to extend the consulting contract.
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.*
Executives can get away with having a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working hard enough.
Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on a dunghill.
Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
Change means movement. Movement means friction.
A celebrity is one who works hard all his life to become well-known and then goes through back streets wearing dark glasses so he won't be recognized.
A conference is a gathering of important people who, singly, can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year.
A stockbroker is someone who takes all your money and invests it until it's gone.
It was partially my fault that we got divorced ... I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.
Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.
Experience is a great teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice.
One lesson a man learns from Harvard Business School is that an executive is only as good as his health.
Any one can get angry - that is easy - or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy.
Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others are of what they know.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
The living need charity more than the dead.
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
At last the secret is out, as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell to the intimate friend;
Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire;
Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire.
I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,
I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.
Will it come like a change in the weather?
Will its greeting be courteous or rough?
Will it alter my life altogether?
O tell me the truth about love.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Whenever you fall, pick up something.
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainty.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
By the structure of the world we often want, at the sudden occurrence of a grave tempest, to change the helmsman - to replace the pilot of the calm by the pilot of the storm.
Every banker knows that if he has to prove that he is worthy of credit, however good may be his arguments, in fact his credit is gone.
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
Had the employers of past generations all of them dealt fairly with their employees there would have been no unions.
Love is like some fresh spring, first a stream and then a river, changing its aspect and its nature as it flows to plunge itself in some boundless ocean, where restricted natures only find monotony, but where great souls are engulfed in endless contemplation.
There is no such thing as great talent without great will-power.
For man's greatest crime is to have been born.
For workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work.
You can't permit a honeymoon of small changes over a year or two. A long series of small changes just prolongs the pain.
You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
Ultimately, the job of the manager is to get ordinary people to create extraordinary results.
Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: -
So many times do I love again.
Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
Have you noticed ... there is never any third act in a nightmare? They bring you to a climax of terror and then leave you there. They are the work of poor dramatists.
Fame is failure disguised as money.
I was ... court-martialled in my absence, sentenced to death in my absence. So I said, right, you can shoot me in my absence.
Physicians of the Utmost Fame
Were called at once; but when they came
They answered, as they took their Fees,
There is no cure for this disease.
Retirement is an illusion. Not a reward but a mantrap. The bankrupt underside of success. A shortcut to death. Golf courses are too much like cemetries.
I never sleep through a performance. I always make sure that I am awake for the intermission.
All war represents is a failure of diplomacy.
If you file your waste basket for 50 years, you have a public library.
Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.
Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
The only way many companies can attract and keep the best people is by offering them more than merely money or prestige - they offer them the chance to make history.
All punishment is mischief: all punishment in itself is evil.
Accounting issues did not cause Enron's stock price to fall - its failed business model did.
All the pictures that hung in my memory before I knew you have faded and given place to our radiant moments together. Now I cannot live apart from you ... Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
If someone thinks they are being mistreated by us, they won't tell 5 people, they'll tell 5000.
BRAIN, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think.
CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
When money talks, few are deaf.
In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us.
I do not regard the procuring of peace as a matter in which we should play the role of arbiter between different opinions ... more that of an honest broker who really wants to press the business forward.
Politics is the art of the possible.
The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common.
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green?
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.
Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
Everyone is a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers, don't let their appearances fool you.
The one thing computers have done is let us make bigger mistakes. We have to be careful not to depend on our machines.
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
A triviality is a statement whose opposite is false. However, a great truth is a statement whose opposite may well be another great truth.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
Doing the things we do now and doing them better, cheaper and faster will take us so far. But it will not take us far enough. We're going to have to do new things in new ways.
Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble.
That favourite subject, Myself.
Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself - in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
Those who won our independence ... believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business.
In a restless, creative business with an emphasis on experiment and development, ideas are the lifeblood.
No one has ever accused us of lagging behind. In fact, I am willing to turn an entire company upside down if it's time to do that. We're in perpetual evolution.
The kinds of people we employ are not afraid of taking risks. If someone mucks up, they don't get a bollocking from me. They know they've mucked up and they redouble their efforts.
We spend most of our lives working. So why do so few people have a good time doing it?
The finest plans are always ruined by the littleness of those who ought to carry them out, for the Emperor can actually do nothing.
No coward soul is mine, no trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere; I see heaven's glories shine, and faith shines equal, arming me from fear.
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
I know that upon 4th of July, our 4th of July orators talk of Liberty, while three million of their own country men are groaning in abject Slavery. This is calledthe land of the free and the home of the brave; it is called theasylum of the oppressed; and some have been foolish enough to call it theCradle of Liberty.If it is thecradle of liberty,they have rocked the child to death. It is dead long since, and yet we talk about democracy and republicanism, while one-sixth of our countrymen are clanking their chains upon the very soil which our fathers moistened with their blood.
He is rich who hath enough to be charitable.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.
A minute's success pays the failure of years.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.
Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
The shortest and the best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours.
We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Whereas logic is the art of demonstrating truth, eloquence is the gift of winning over people's hearts and minds so that you may inspire them and persuade them in whatever way you choose.
The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.
Once thewhatis decided thehowalways follows. We must not make thehowan excuse for not facing and accepting thewhat.
Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
I don't pay attention to what the stock does. If the business does well, the stock eventually follows.
I've learned the perimeter of my circle of confidence.
The funny thing is better TV shows don't cost that much more than lousy TV shows.
The true investor welcomes volatility ... a wildly fluctuating market means that irrationally low prices will periodically be attached to solid businesses.
The truly big investment idea can usually be explained in a short paragraph. We like a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people. When these attributes exist, and when we can make purchases at sensible prices, it is hard to go wrong.
Your goal as an investor ... to purchase, at a rational price, a part interest in an easily-understandable business whose earnings are virtually certain to be materially higher ... years from now. Over time, you will find only a few companies that meet these standards - so when you see one ... buy a meaningful amount of stock.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
If you are having as much fun running a big corporation as you did running a piece of it, then you are probably interfering too much with the people who really make it happen.
Watch how a man takes praise and there you have the measure of him.
A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love for ever.
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melodie
That's sweetly played in tune.
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Our wrangling lawyers ... are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients' causes hereafter, some of them in hell.
Who knows, somewhere out there in the audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America.
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Home, Sweet Homemust surely have been written by a bachelor.
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
For Justice, though she's painted blind,
Is to the weaker side inclin'd,
Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.
Your brain is, indeed, a supreme example of, and is the ultimate, Internet.
Power intoxicates men. It is never voluntarily surrendered. It must be taken from them.
'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction.
I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
Veni, vidi, vici.
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune.
And finds, with keen discriminating sight,
Black's not so black; - nor white so very white.
Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is what others think you are.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?
We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
Then you should say what you mean,the March Hare went on.I do,Alice hastily replied;at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know.Not the same thing a bit!said the Hatter.Why, you might just as well say that I see what I eat is the same thing as I eat what I see!
For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death.
Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.
Clothes are our weapons, our challenges, and our visible insult.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense ... human rights invented America.
Tax laws also benefit those who have the best lobbying efforts ... and the larger the corporations are, the smaller proportion they pay in taxes.
I say what I mean, you hear what I say. That is the end of it.
Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.
Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness - its opposite - never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Every man is as God made him, and often even worse.
Who reads much and walks much sees much and knows much.
Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist.
There are two parties involved in every corrupt transaction, typically a government official and a business person. Yet those who pay bribes are often depicted as innocent victims ... The reality is that both parties conspire to defraud the public.
Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
Words are so futile, so feeble.
He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.
Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now, he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined, and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
When a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: if you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you'll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you'll eat yourself.
You only have to start a job of work to realize how few decent, honest folk there are about.
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up.
Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
Twenty million young women rose to their feet with the cry,We will not be dictated to,and proceeded to become stenographers.
When men stop believing in God they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything.
Heroes are not judged for their prowess in hunting and shooting tigers, but rather for their strength and ability to endure the humiliation of being pigs.
Dictators ride to and fro on tigers they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Everyone threw the blame on me ... they nearly always do. I suppose ... they think I shall be able to bear it best.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
I would like to have been examined in history, poetry and writing essays. The examiners, on the other hand, were partial to Latin and mathematics. And their will prevailed ... I should have liked to be asked to say what I knew. They always tried to ask what I did not know.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations ... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.*
Odd things animals. All dogs look up at you. All cats look down at you. Only a pig looks at you as an equal.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
Everything you reprove in another, you must carefully avoid in yourself.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
The sinews of war: unlimited money.
The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers and thermonuclear weapons.
As we have throughout this century, we will lead with the power of our example, but be prepared, when necessary, to make an example of our power.
'Tis better to have fought and lost,
Than never to have fought at all.
Though shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.
Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion ... produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
Half of our mistakes in life arises from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
The more we ask, the more we have.
And, it is fair enough: asking is not always easy.
And it is said to be hard to accept ...
So no wonder we have so little.
A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.
Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.
Accountants and market researchers may be brilliant at examining and analysing facts about the past, but they have no forward vision.
Not a penny off the pay; not a minute on the day.
Better build schoolrooms forthe boy,
Than cells and gibbets forthe man.
If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with 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. The slogan,Press on,has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
The thing that best defines a child is the total inability to receive information from anything not plugged in.
When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment, or the moment defines you.
The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.
Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Avoid fight or flight, talk through differences.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately.
The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change.
I am no good at love
I betray it with little sins
For I feel the misery of the end
In the moment that it begins
And the bitterness of the last goodbye
Is the bitterness that wins.
I can take any amount of criticism, so long as it is unqualified praise.
I was delighted to see that you thought I was as good as I thought I was.
Never trust men with short legs. Brains too near their bottoms.
Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.
Adieu to Liberty! Adieu to Fame!
For other gifts, for softer joys I pine;
In one fair breast I wish a mutual flame,
In one fair breast alone to burn with mine.
Habit with him was all the test of youth,
It must be right: I've done it from my youth.
The leader is not just a scorekeeper. He is responsible for creating something new and better.
Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow.
The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.
I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out.
Just aslocation, location, locationdefines value in real estate, in business today it's connectivity that equals competitiveness.
Money, it has been said, has two properties. It is flat so that it can be piled up. But it is also round so that it can circulate.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Neglecting small things under the pretext of wanting to accomplish large ones is the excuse of a coward.
Girls scream, boys shout; dogs bark, school's out.
Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets ... If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles.
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
To my mind, a man must choose a wife for himself, without advice from anybody. As I said to Tony before he ever proposed to this girl: Make sure that she's good, and a lady, and healthy, and intelligent, and that she's going to get on with your friends and relations, and you with hers - and then, my dear boy, if you feel that you can afford to marry - then I suppose there's no help for it.
Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
See how the rascals use me! They will not let my play run and yet they steal my thunder!
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Minds are like parachutes: they only function when they are open.
Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
You are a human boy, my young friend.
A human boy. O glorious to be a human boy! ...
O running stream of sparkling joy
To be a soaring human boy!
You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me. But if you would return a favourable answer to my offer of marriage, you could draw me to any good - every good - with equal force.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
A fair day's wage for a fair day's work.
Action may not always bring happiness ... but there is no happiness without action.
Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels.
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
There is no education like adversity.
Yes, I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.
Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
A Father's Day would call attention to such constructive teachings from the pulpit as would naturally point out: The father's place in the home. The training of children. The safeguarding of the marriage tie. The protection of womanhood and childhood. The meaning of this, whether in the light of religion or of patriotism is so apparent as to need no argument in behalf of such a day.
Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others.
Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education ever bestowed on me, the ability to think in quotations.
Organizations that are change leaders are designed for change. But people need continuity ... they do not function well if the environment is not predictable, not understandable, not known.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
Nice guys. Finish last.
There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light,
And every kind of love makes a glory in the night.
There is love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest,
But the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
You can stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits and suffer contradictions.
First get in, then get rich, then get respectable.
Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children and cut their own fingers.
We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home, and the most to institutionalize him.
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
At any rate, I am convinced that He [God] does not play dice.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute - and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Failing is good as long as it doesn't become a habit.
I find that no matter how long a meeting goes on, the best ideas always come during the final five minutes, when people drop their guard and I ask them what they really think.
Blameless people are always the most exasperating.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me - no one else.
April is the cruellest month.
If we all were judged according to the consequences
Of all our words and deeds, beyond the intention
And beyond our limited understanding
Of ourselves and others, we should all be condemned.
I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!
Dance is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
We will ship them our garbage. We believe in full disclosure.
You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something.
A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
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.
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
Character is higher than intellect ... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
What is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
It is difficulties that show what men are.
It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
There is noroyal roadto geometry.
Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.
Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.
Contracts are agreements made up of big words and little type.
Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
When the meek inherit the earth, lawyers will be there to work out the deal.
We're not quarrelling! We're in complete agreement! We hate each other!
The decision to do that extra bit must be embedded in the company's culture.
Problem children tend to grow up into problem adults and problem adults tend to produce more problem children.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can't eat ... nor make love for eight hours.
There are many excuses for the persons who made the mistake of confounding money and wealth. Like many others they mistook the sign for the thing signified.
You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.
I realised that if you want to change something, nine times out of ten you can change it more effectively from within.
No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
We should never allow ourselves to be bullied by an either-or. There is often the possibility of something better than either of these two alternatives.
The stronger man's argument is always the best.
If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
The sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
To measure the man, measure his heart.
Growth is like creativity, it doesn't go along very neat, precise plans. You get clogged highways before you figure out a way to open up capacity. You get pollution before you figure out a way to fight it.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored.
Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right.
Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think is creation's.
History books which contain no lies are extremely dull.
Imitation lies at the root of most human actions. A respectable person is one who conforms to custom. People are called good when they do as others do.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes; men who like women never notice what they wear.
Whatever happens in government could have happened differently, and it usually would have been better if it had.
A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost.
A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
Employ thy time well if thou meanest to get leisure.
He that falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.
If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Remember that time is money.
All that matters is love and work.
Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.
Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
The real problem for any government coming to power is to control the civil servants. They will all explain why it is quite impossible to do things other than the way they are currently done.
Immature love says:I love you because I need you.Mature love saysI need you because I love you.
Infantile love follows the principle:I love because I am loved.
Mature love follows the principle:I am loved because I love.
Immature love says:I love you because I need you.
Mature love says:I need you because I love you.
Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.
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.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
A cousin of mine who was a casualty surgeon in Manhattan tells me that he and his colleagues had a one-word nickname for bikers: Donors.
A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
Love is among the most pernicious and contagious of diseases. We who are afflicted with it can be detected by anyone. Dark circles under our eyes show that we never sleep, kept awake night after night by embraces or by their absence. We suffer from devastating fevers and have an irresistible urge to say stupid things.
Change is inevitable, but it is in us to control its content and directions.
It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
You should be the change that you want to see in the world.
Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.... And when you realize the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
A little blindness is necessary when you undertake risk.
If the 1980s were about quality and the 1990s were about reengineering, then the 2000s will be about velocity.
We rely on skilled foreign workers for their math, science, and creative abilities as well as their cultural knowledge, which helps when localizing products for world markets.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Four spectres haunt the Poor - Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.
My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
For, you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky,
Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.
It's the classic case of being at the party too early. Nobody was there yet and nobody had had a drink. By the time we got there, the party was raging.
Yesterday's success formula is often today's obsolete dogma ... We must continually challenge the past so that we can renew ourselves each day.
It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
When you love you should not say,God is in my heart,but rather,I am in the heart of God.And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
[The] city of New York and the United States of America is much stronger than any group of barbaric terrorists, that our democracy, that our rule of law, that our strength and our willingness to defend ourselves will ultimately prevail.
There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Age does not make us childish, as they say. It only finds us true children still.
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
I believe people who think love prevents one from thinking clearly are wrong; for then one thinks very clearly and is more active than before. And love is something eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.
It is extremely important that you show some insensitivity to your past in order to show the proper respect for the future.
The world is first a Coke world, then an orange world, then a lemon-lime world.
Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
Self-deception operates both at the level of the individual mind, and in the collective awareness of the group. To belong to a group of any sort, the tacit price of membership is to agree not to notice one's own feelings of uneasiness and misgiving, and certainly not to question anything that challenges the group's way of doing things.
When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy: in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.
Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.
If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Money talks, they say. All it ever said to me wasgoodbye.
Alas, regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come,
Nor care beyond to-day.
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
Everything is always impossible before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about - doing what people have told them is impossible.
A leader is one who ventures and takes the risks of going out ahead to show the way and whom others follow, voluntarily, because they are persuaded that the leader's path is the right one - for them, probably better than they could devise for themselves.
Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
I believe in the value of paranoia. Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left.
Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
The essence of a company like Intel is execution and strategy. Intel, looked at in another way, is a three-legged stool. One leg is technology - design and silicon technology - another leg is manufacturing, and the third leg is marketing. Whenever Intel did well it was because the three legs were equal. Whenever one of those legs was shorter than the others, we wobbled.
The new environment dictates two rules; first everything happens faster; second, anything that can be done will be done, if not by you, then by someone else, somewhere.
Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him,
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.
Life is very insistent; and it always seems to be so when friends sadly leave us.
Bury your ego. Don't be the star. Be the star maker!
Failure is a learning experience. It can be a gravestone or a stepping stone.
Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
What love is, if thou wouldst be taught,
Thy heart must teach alone -
Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.
No plagiarist can excuse the wrong by showing how much of his work he did not pirate.
I'm not an entrepreneur. I like rules too much and entrepreneurs break rules.
My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get.
Accountants are the witch-doctors of the modern world and willing to turn their hands to any kind of magic.
If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.
Never corner an opponent, and always assist him to save his face ... Avoid self-righteousness like the devil - there is nothing so self-blinding.
Change is an attitude of mind and the place to start is within ourselves.
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Keeping dreams alive and trying to make them come true is crucial in the watch business. We're in the business of selling emotional products.
Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
The sea has its pearls,
The heavens its stars,
I love you without question,
But my heart, my heart,
My heart has its love.
An expert is a man who knows some of the worst errors that can be made in the subject in question and who therefore understands how to avoid them.
People in the company are almost never fired ... they are encouraged to retire early or are eased aside into hollow, insignificant positions with fake functions and no authority where they are sheepish and unhappy for as long as they remain.
People in the Market Research Department ... are not expected to change reality but merely to find it if they can and suggest ingenious ways of disguising it ... converting whole truths into half truths and half truths into whole ones.
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind ... Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
I like a nice cup of tea in the morning,
For to start the day, you see,
And at half-past eleven
Well, my idea of Heaven
Is a nice cup of tea:
I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea,
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said
For a nice cup of tea.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.
It is only when a person has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
The market has no morality.
A long line of cases shows that it is not merely of some importance, but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience ... I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.
For extreme illnesses, extreme treatments are most fitting.
Life is short, [the] art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult.
If this is justice, I am a banana.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.
Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
I love thee - I love thee,
'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine!
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
Tomorrow's typical career will be neither linear nor continuous, nor will it always be upwards. Instead, one's life work will take more of a zig-zag course.
In the not too distant future the notion of the annual pay increase must become as exceptional as it was novel a generation ago.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
If we cannot be powerful and happy and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves.
If your religion does not change you, then you should change your religion.
Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
He never wants anything but what's right and fair; only when you come to settle what's right and fair, it's everything that he wants and nothing that you want. And that's his idea of a compromise.
I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men, and his aversion to lean ones.
The best taxes are such as are levied upon consumptions, especially those of luxury ... They seem, in some measure, voluntary; since a man may chuse how far he will use the commodity which is taxed.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything.
Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
The Japanese are masters at making you peel the onion. You get through one layer and you are looking at another one just like it.
Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it.
Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.
I think middle age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
The media ... is like an oil painting. Close up, it looks like nothing on earth. Stand back and you get the drift.
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
The real impediment to producing a higher-quality product more efficiently isn't the workers, union or nonunion, it's management.
One man with courage makes a majority.
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge.
A new type of woman arises. She is called a career woman. A man is never a career man. That is his right and privilege. But the woman is called career woman because hercareer... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web ... suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
I am captivated more by dreams of the future than by history of the past.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
I found that there were these incredibly great people at doing certain things, and you couldn't replace one of these people with 50 average people. They could just do stuff that no number of average people could do.
We have a very simple, clear organization. It's very easy to know who has authority for what, who has responsibility for what. There's no politics about it, they're virtually politics-free organizations.
When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something ... That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.
Too seldom does the world pause to consider how much kinder and more humane business has become since women invaded the market-place.
Women's presence ... has done more, I believe, than labor's strikes and struggles to shorten the working day, and improve the conditions under which work is performed.
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
All knowledge is of itself of some value. There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable, that I would not rather know it than not.
If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
In civilised society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you the most.
Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and ... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half-hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than four days - which should be a hanging offense.
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.
Greatness of name in the father oft-times helps not forth but over-whelms the son; they stand too near one another, the shadow kills the growth. So much, that we see the grandchild come more and oftener to be heir.
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
What did it for me? It wasn't my education or experience. It was my passion.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Mistakes are, after all, the foundation of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
A child is owed the greatest respect; if you ever have something disgraceful in mind, don't ignore your son's tender years.
Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it.
Act only on that maxim which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
There's nothing more demoralizing than having nobody notice good performance ... the successful culture is one that provides constant recognition and applause. At the same time, it breeds a restless dissatisfaction that keeps you challenging yourself to a higher and higher performance.
To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.
You can always buy something in English, you can't always sell something in English.
One of our greatest gifts is our intuition. It is a sixth sense we all have - we just need to learn to tap into and trust it.
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
Too often our Washington reflex is to discover a problem and then throw money at it, hoping it will somehow go away.
Leadership is not about being nice. It's about being right and being strong.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness;
Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
Love in a hut, with water and a crust,
Is - Love, forgive us! - cinders, ashes, dust;
Love in a palace is perhaps at last
More grievous torment than a hermit's fast.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced ... even a proverb is no proverb till your life has illustrated it.
Customers provide you with the most accurate barometer of what's right and wrong.
Under the hypnosis of war hysteria, with a pusillanimous Congress rubber-stamping every whim of the White House, we passed the withholding tax.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.
One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.
A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.
If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
The purpose of a university is to make students safe for ideas - not ideas safe for students.
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
Shaves as close as a blade or your money back.
When my wife bought me a Remington shaver, I was so impressed I bought the company.
I see nothing wrong with power as long as I am the fellow who has it.
I don't suffer fools, and I like to see fools suffer.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
I have a dream ...
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Each in his place, by right, not grace,
Shall rule his heritage -
The men who simply do the work
For which they draw the wage.
I keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I know)
are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
Our vision controls the way we think and, therefore, the way we act ... the vision we have of our jobs determines what we do and the opportunities we see or don't see.
True creativity often starts where language ends.
Companies worry too much about the cost of doing something. They should worry about the cost of not doing it.
Good customers are an asset which, when well managed and served, will return a handsome lifetime income stream for the company.
What do you do when your competitor's drowning? Get a live hose and stick it in his mouth.
Ours is not so much an age of vulgarity as of vulgarization; everything is tampered with or touched up, or adulterated or watered down, in an effort to make it palatable, in an effort to make it pay.
Haute Couture should be fun, foolish, and almost unwearable.
I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
A child's a plaything for an hour.
What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.
Observing your own and your competitor's successes and failures makes your inner business voice more sure and vivid.
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
I once said cynically of a politician,He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
The man who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell
Will not make as many dollars
As the man who climbs the tree and hollers!
We sometimes take for granted the freedom and power of independent thought and action. And only after it's been compromised, do we fully realize how fundamental it is to the pursuit of economic opportunity.
Creativity is thinking new things. Innovation is doing new things.
If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.
Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
It has been said of the world's history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.
The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground, and swish my tail.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
It is a characteristic of committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection differs violently from every other member's recollection.
In business a reputation for keeping absolutely to the letter and spirit of an agreement, even when it is unfavorable, is the most precious of assets, although it is not entered in the balance sheet.
It is better to be impetuous than circumspect. Experience shows that (fortune) is more often subdued by men who do this than by those who act coldly.
There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.
I grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters. I did all I could do to really stand out and that nurtured a lot of confidence and drive and ambition.
Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
It is not impossibilities which fill us with deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men - the balance wheel of the social machinery ... It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.
For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?
Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.
We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
In England, Justice is open to all, like the Ritz hotel.
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter ... a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
The tail tracks the head. If the head moves fast the tail will keep up the same pace. If the head is sluggish, the tail will drop.
I'm not the manager because I'm always right, but I'm always right because I'm the manager.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
I recognize that I am made up of several persons and that the person that at the moment has the upper hand will inevitably give place to another. But which is the real one? All of them or none?
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
The only thing experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing.
People never care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
If new ideas are the lifeblood of any thriving organization ... managers must learn to revere, not merely tolerate, the people who come up with the ideas.
If you aren't afraid to fail, then you probably don't care enough about success.
Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.
We seriously undervalue the passion ... a person brings to an enterprise. You can rent a brain, but you can't rent a heart.
An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity with an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
We need every human gift and cannot afford to neglect any gift because of artificial barriers of sex or race or class or national origin.
The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute - he simply speaks and does what is right.
It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
There's a feast undated, yet
Both our true lives hold it fast,
Even the day when first we met.
What a great day came and passed,
Unknown then but known at last.
To mistake money for wealth, is the same sort of error as to mistake the highway which may be the easiest way of getting to your house or lands, for the house and lands themselves.
A child's spirit is like a child, you cannot catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.
A salesman has got to dream, boy, it comes with the territory.
Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
Money can't buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy.
Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
(That last infirmity of noble mind)
To scorn delights, and live laborious days.
Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in hell:
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
A leader has to be one of two things: he either has to be a brilliant visionary himself, a truly creative strategist, in which case he can do what he likes and get away with it; or else he has to be a true empowerer who can bring out the best in others.
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
When I am sad and weary
When I think all hope has gone
When I walk along High Holborn
I think of you with nothing on.
Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
Don't talk about yourself, it will be done when you leave.
Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet 'em on your way down.
Allow me, then, Mademoiselle, to place today on the altar of your charms, the offering of my heart, which aspires to and strives after no other glory than for the rest of its life to be, Mademoiselle your very humble, very obedient and very faithful servant and husband.
It is public scandal that gives offence, and it is no sin to sin in secret.
Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses.
It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
The thing I fear most is fear.
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream.
Trifles make the sum of human things,
And half our misery from our foibles spring.
If the parties will at my hands call for justice, then, all were it my father stood on the one side, and the devil on the other, his cause being good, the devil should have right.
Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.
It has to be admitted that we English have sex on the brain, which is a very unsatisfactory place to have it.
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
Monopoly is a terrible thing, till you have it.
I do not really understand the stock market.
You do not have to be the son of a rich man to be an entrepreneur. Today kids are far more willing to take risks because they've seen high rewards.
Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.
Experience! Wise men do not need it.
Experience! Idiots do not heed it.
Far from being the thief of time, procrastination is the king of it.
A credit card is a money tool, not a supplement to money. The failure to make this distinction has 'supplemented' many a poor soul right into bankruptcy.
We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this -devoted and obedient.This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.
There are interesting failures. There are prestige failures, and there are financial failures, but this is the sort of failure that gives failures a bad name.
Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
The press is the enemy.
You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
Middle age is when, wherever you go on holiday, you pack a sweater.
I feel these days like a very large flamingo. No matter what way I turn, there is always a very large bill.
The most important thing I would learn in school was that almost everything I would learn in school would be utterly useless.
Show me a man who enjoys firing people and I'll show you a charlatan or sadist.
Truly great brands are far more than just labels for products; they are symbols that encapsulate the desires of consumers; they are standards that are held aloft under which the masses congregate.
Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
Do not assume more variables than necessary.
Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.
If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.
In business as on the battlefield, the object of strategy is to bring about the condition most favorable to one's own side.
Better mankind born without mouths and stomachs than always to worry about money to buy, to shop, to fix, to cook, to wash, to clean.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Who controls the past controls ... the future: who controls the present controls the past.
A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
Anyone can build market share and, if you set your prices low enough, you can get the whole damn market.
We have a technique at Hewlett-Packard for helping managers and supervisors know their people and understand the work their people are doing ... Management by Walking About.
In 1969 I published a small book on Humility. It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Get the advice of everybody whose advice is worth having - they are very few - and then do what you think best yourself.
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
There are only two kinds of men: those righteous who believe themselves sinners; the other sinners who believe themselves righteous.
People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
We strive to be Number One ... But win or lose, it is the competition which gives us pleasure.
Given the natural differences between human beings, equality is an ethical aspiration that cannot be realized without recourse either to despotism or to an act of fraternity.
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
Misquotation is ... the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.
Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.
Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin - it is the triumphant twang of a bedspring.
Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to the same thing. Deny your responsibility.
For the whole Earth is the Sepulchre of famous men; and their story is not graven only on Stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement. All the neighbors know she's there, but nobody wants to talk about her.
If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
The child's first year of life is unfortunately still an abyss of mysteries for the psychologist.
When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael: it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.
I mourn in grey, grey as the sleeted wind the bled shades of twilight, gunmetal, battleships, industrial paint.
Quality is not a thing. It is an event.
What I say is thatjustorrightmeans nothing but what is in the interest of the stronger party.
Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same income.
Physicians acquire their knowledge from our dangers, making experiments at the cost of our lives.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
We loved with a love that was more than love.
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream ...
All that you see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
Women are becoming enormously successful ... They're running their businesses on what we call a familial model, a family, instead of a hierarchical top-down military model. They work with, not over or for.
All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never Is, but always To be blest.
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own-even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
I remember, I remember
How my childhood fleeted by, -
The mirth of its December
And the warmth of its July.
And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Cured yesterday of my disease. I died last night of the physician.
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
I doubt if there is any occupation which is more consistently and unfairly demeaned, degraded, denounced, and deplored than banking.
But markets today are moving targets. The only way to hit them is to launch your business like a cruise missile.
In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
In an examination those who do not wish to know ask questions of those who cannot tell.
While animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those about him that he knows.
The person who knowshowwill always have a job. The person who knowswhywill always be his boss.
A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.
A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.
Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
The customer is never wrong.
There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that once unleashed can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.
Risk is what an entrepreneur eats for breakfast. It's what she slips into bed with at night. If you have no appetite for this stuff, or no ability to digest it, then get out of the game right now.
The old begin to complain of the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example.
Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same persons?
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
The cosmetics industry should be promoting health and well-being; instead it hypes an outdated notion of glamour and sells false hopes and fantasies.
Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
There is no indispensable man.
Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
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.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em,Certainly I can!Then get busy and find out how to do it.
For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
If we take the term in the strict sense, there never has been a real democracy, and there never will be. It is against the natural order for the many to govern and the few to be governed.
Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.
I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied:The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
In former days, men sold themselves to the devil to acquire magical powers. Nowadays they acquire those powers from science, and find themselves compelled to become devils. There is no hope for the world unless power can be tamed, and brought into the service, not of this or that group of fanatical tyrants, but of the whole human race ... for science has made it inevitable that all must live or all must die.
The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.
Face what you think you believe and you will be surprised.
There is always a multitude of reasons both in favour of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them.
To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
Children are given us to discourage our better emotions.
The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened. It's only the middle-aged who are really conscious of their limitations.
He looked like the kind of a guy that wouldn't talk to you much unless he wanted something off you. He had a lousy personality.
Even children learn in growing up thatbothis not an admissible answer to a choice ofwhich one?
Profits are the lifeblood of the economic system, the magic elixir upon which progress and all good things depend ultimately. But one man's lifeblood is another man's cancer.
The consumer, so it is said, is the king ... each is a voter who uses his money as votes to get the things done that he wants done.
Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything. Men, it's the only thing!
Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing.
Fashion is something barbarous for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.
There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!
You can never be an entrepreneur if you're afraid to lose money. It's like being a pilot who is afraid of bad weather.
Malice is of a low stature, but it hath very long arms.
Contract: an agreement that is binding on the weaker party.*
Every great man has a woman behind him ... And every great woman has some man or other in front of her, tripping her up.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; the same is true of fame.
People who are successful simply want it more than people who are not.
It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
American people ... will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism:Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.
One can't say that figures lie. But figures, as used in financial arguments, seem to have the bad habit of expressing a small part of the truth forcibly, and neglecting the other part, as do some people we know.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.
O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!
Please return this book; I find that though many of my friends are poor arithmeticians, they are nearly all good bookkeepers.
No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Instead of giving contracts to strangers, we decided we could just as well give contracts to our own employees. We would encourage them to leave ... and start their own satellite enterprises.
He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.
Lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty; the difficulty comes from lack of confidence.
Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Quality control was treated as a fad here, but it's been part of the Japanese business philosophy for decades. That's why they laugh at us.
In a dream you are never eighty.
A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind,
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.
He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends.
I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
O powerful love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other, a man a beast.
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,
Oh! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart.
Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.
This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
When the sea was calm, all boats alike
Show'd mastership in floating.
Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
Idiots are always in favour of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the truly great in favour of equality.
If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.
The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
You see things as they are and ask,Why?I dream things as they never were and ask,Why not?
Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle;
Why not I with thine?
For lots of big companies, their brand is worth so much to them that they can't endanger their reputation for being a quality company without really endangering their business performance.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
A complex decision is like a great river, drawing from its many tributaries the innumerable premises of which it is constituted.
I can't stand whispering. Every time a doctor whispers in the hospital, next day there's a funeral.
The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth - all that is illusion.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
Of all business activities, 99% are routine ... The entire 100% can be handled by managing the 1% of exceptions.
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
Going to marry her! Impossible! You mean a part of her; he could not marry her all himself ... There is enough of her to furnish wives for a whole parish ... You might people a colony with her; or give an assembly with her; or perhaps take your morning's walk round her, always provided there were frequent resting-places, and you were in rude health.
You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom and data is the knowledge.
As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
Financial markets ... resent any kind of government interference but they hold a belief deep down that if conditions get really tough the authorities will step in.
I am cautious about going against the herd. I am liable to be trampled on.
It depends entirely upon the image of you that people have in their minds whether you will climb the ladder slowly, painfully, or with a rapidity that will surprise - and appall - your friends.
To age and imbecility resigned, I watch the struggles of my failing mind: Lumbering along the all-too-well-worn grooves. The poor old thing moves slowly - but it moves!
If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
You see yourself as a good product that sits on a shelf and sells well, and people make a lot of money out of you.
We often say a speaker needs no introduction: what most of them need is a conclusion. In my view, an after-dinner speech - and I've experienced 40,000 of them - needs a good beginning, a good ending, and not much space in between.
I dream for a living.
Fear cannot be without some hope nor hope without some fear.
Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of.
I recommend you to take care of the minutes for the hours will take care of themselves.
The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
Planning ahead is a matter of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
Writing, when properly managed (as you may be sure, I think mine is), is but a different name for conversation.
Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.
A diplomat ... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
There should be some professional exam for these analysts. Most of the time they talk through their backsides.
There are three things I always forget. Names, faces, and - the third I can't remember.
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
Every man desires to live long but no man would be old.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
If you can't change your fate change your attitude.
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
We shall not be diverted from our course. To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catch-phrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say.You turn if you want; the lady's not for turning.
Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies.
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.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
But, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Nobody should be chief executive officer of anything for more than five or six years. By then he's stale, bored, and utterly dependent upon his own cliches.
No manufacturing company will ever do well if they are concerned only with calculating profits.
The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward. I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.
Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
If you have an olive, you want an olive tree. You want a little more. You want the whole tree.
The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You're not born to give. You're born selfish.
I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
And I shall dream both before and after I go to sleep, of the little flower that has sprung up in the desert beside me and shed its fragrance over my life and made its ways attractive with its beauty and turned its weariness to contentment with its sweet spirit. And I shall bless you, my darling, out of a fullness of a heart that knows your worth beyond the ken of any ... better than all others I can love you, and do love you, and shall always love you, always. Good night, darling - and peaceful slumbers refresh you and ministering angels attend you.
Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Golf is a good walk spoiled.
He had had much experience of physicians, and saidthe only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not.
I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me.
I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
I do love you...as the dew loves the flowers;
as the birds love the sunshine;
as the wavelets love the breeze...
as the angels love the pure in heart.
I don't mind what the opposition say of me, so long as they don't tell the truth about me; but when they descend to telling the truth about me, I consider that is taking an unfair advantage.
I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough.
I never let my schooling interfere with my education.
I was born modest, but it didn't last.
[Mankind] in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon - laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution - these can lift at a colossal humbug - push it a little, weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
The lack of money is the root of all evil.
The timid man yearns for full value and asks a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say,We did this ourselves.
A terrace nine stories high rises from a handful of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet.
Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
The general who wins a battle makes many calculations ... here the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few to defeat.
The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
We used to have lots of questions to which there were no answers. Now, with the computer, there are lots of answers to which we haven't thought up the questions.
Whoever wants to accomplish great things must devote to a lot of profound thought to details.
I didn't realize it then, but everything I ever needed to know about selling I was learning at my kitchen table: I was learning how to identify, find, and keep customers.
I like to dress egos.
You will find as the children grow up that as a rule children are a bitter disappointment - their greatest object being to do precisely what their parents do not wish and have anxiously tried to prevent.
Never have children, only grandchildren.
Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.
Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.
My prayer to God is a very short one:O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.God has granted it.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.
Could we forbear dispute and practise love, We should agree as angels do above.
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.
We learned from everybody else's book and added a few pages of our own.
There is no human failure greater than to launch a profoundly important endeavour and then leave it half done.
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
An environment which calls for perfection is not likely to be easy. But aiming for it is always good for progress.
If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
You cannot be a success in any business without believing that it is the greatest business in the world ... You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul-destroying.
Beware of writing to me. I always answer ... My father spent the last 20 years of his life writing letters. If someone thanked him for a wedding present, he thanked them for thanking him and there was no end to the exchange but death.
However many people complain about thered tape, it would be sheer illusion to think for a moment that continuous administrative work can be carried out except by means of officials working in offices ... The choice is only that between bureaucracy and dilettantism in the field of administration.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
Insecure managers create complexity.
The only ideas that count areAideas. There is no second place. That means we have to get everybody in the organization involved. If you do that right, the best ideas will rise to the top.
The point of work-out is to give people better jobs. When people see that their ideas count, their dignity is raised. Instead of feeling numb, like robots, they feel important.
When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.
A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought.
Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.
By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Divorces are made in heaven.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations with myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
I only care to see doctors when I am in perfect health; then they comfort one, but when one is ill they are most depressing.
In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
One should always play fairly - when one has the winning cards.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil one must mix with one's vinegar.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself; and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.
Remember, a person who wins success may have been counted out many times before. He wins because he refuses to give up.
Sometimes the first step is the hardest: coming up with an idea. Coming up with an idea should be like sitting on a pin - it should make you jump up and do something.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!
If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils.
Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.
The greatest contribution you can make to women's rights, is to be the absolute ... best at what you do.
Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
Slice him where you like, a hellhound is always a hellhound.
Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over - it is now!
One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about.
All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
Hindsight gives everyone perfect vision.
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
A few yes men may be born, but mostly they are made. Fear is a great breeder of them.
Real salesmen stick until the buyer has used up his lastNo.
When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
I have spread my dreams beneath your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
O body swayed to music,
O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.
Think naught a trifle, though it small appear;
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.
Now she's on a diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn't lost any weight. But she can climb a tree!
When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
The three grades of character are superior, medium and inferior: the superior is just good, the medium is capable of development either in an upward or a downward direction, and the inferior is just evil.
If you want to understand entrepreneurs, you have to study the psychology of the juvenile delinquent. They don't have the same anxiety triggers that we have.
A land without a people for a people without a land.
Politics is war carried out without bloodshed, while war is politics carried out with bloodshed.
Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things.
You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.