A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that
sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24, King James Version
Holy Bible


But when thou doest alms, let
not thy left hand know what thy
right hand doeth:

Matthew 6:3, King James Version
Holy Bible

Wherefore they are no more
twain, but one flesh. What there-
fore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.

Matthew 19:6, King James Version
Holy Bible

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.

Matthew 19:21, King James Version
Holy Bible

For I was an hungered,
and ye gave me meat: I was
thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took
me in.

Naked, and ye clothed
me: I was sick, and ye visited
me: I was in prison, and ye
came to me.

Matthew 25:35-36, King James Version
Holy Bible

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.

Acts 20:35, King James Version
Holy Bible

Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of neces-
sity: for God loveth a cheerful
giver.

II Corinthians 9:7, King James Version
Holy Bible

- A -
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Dean Acheson

Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.
Franklin P. Adams

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Henry Adams

By definition, risk-takers often fail. So do morons. In practice it's difficult to sort them out.
Scott Adams

Consultants eventually leave, which makes them excellent scapegoats for major management blunders.
Scott Adams

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.*
*Attribution questionable.
Scott Adams

Executives can get away with having a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working hard enough.
Scott Adams

The biggest change in the workplace of the future will be the widespread realization that having one idiot boss is a much higher risk than having many idiot clients.
Scott Adams

I have never compared myself to my managers ... although I have made some big financial decisions on my own and decided on new investments, I have never involved myself in managerial decisions.
Gianni Agnelli

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.
Muhammad Ali

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.
Muhammad Ali

Change means movement. Movement means friction.
Saul Alinsky

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.
Fred Allen

A conference is a gathering of important people who, singly, can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Fred Allen

Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year.
Fred Allen

It was partially my fault that we got divorced ... I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
Woody Allen

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen

Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
Henri Frédéric Amiel

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Maya Angelou

A bachelor is one who enjoys the chase but does not eat the game.
Anonymous

Some time when you're feeling important
Some time when your ego's in bloom
Some time when you feel you are
The best qualified man in the room,
Some time when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction
And see how it humbles the soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water
Place your hands in it up to your wrists
Take them out and the hole that remains
Is a measure of how you'll be missed.
You may splash all you like as they enter
You may stir up the water galore
But take them out and in just a moment
It will look just the same as before.
The moral of this is quite simple
Just do the best that you can.
Be proud of yourself but remember
There is no indispensable man.

Anonymous

There are three kinds of lie: a small lie, a big lie and politics.
Anonymous

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go, if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
Anonymous

What the brassière said to the top hat: You go on ahead while I give these two a lift.
Anonymous

You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Anonymous

Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony

One lesson a man learns from Harvard Business School is that an executive is only as good as his health.
Jeffrey Archer

Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
Chris Argyris

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.
Aristotle

Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others are of what they know.
Aristotle

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
Aristotle

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Neil Armstrong

The living need charity more than the dead.
George Arnold

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
Mary Kay Ash

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
Mary Kay Ash

She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
Margot Asquith

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.

W. H. Auden

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.

W. H. Auden

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen

This is not an age of castles, moats, and armor where people can sustain a competitive advantage for very long.
Richard D'Aveni

Woe betide the man who dares to pay a woman a compliment today ... Forget the flowers, the chocolates, the soft word - rather woo her with a self-defence manual in one hand and a family planning leaflet in the other.
Alan Ayckbourn

- B -
Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.
Richard David Bach

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Francis Bacon

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Francis Bacon

She used to diet on any kind of food she could lay her hands on.
Arthur Baer

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.
Walter Bagehot

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.
Walter Bagehot

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.
Honoré de Balzac

When you apply the word power to a man, it means strong and bold - very positive attributes. When you use it to describe a woman, it suggests bitchy, insensitive, hard.
Jill Barad

For man's greatest crime is to have been born.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

You can't permit a honeymoon of small changes over a year or two. A long series of small changes just prolongs the pain.
Percy Barnevik

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.
J. M. Barrie

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.

Thomas Lovell Beddoes

The largest profits go to those businesses which most devotedly follow a policy of insisting on a competitive advantage, no matter how small, for every product or service they market.
R. H. Beeby

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Henry Ward Beecher

No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him.
Henry Ward Beecher

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
Henry Ward Beecher

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.
Max Beerbohm

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.

Hilaire Belloc

I never sleep through a performance. I always make sure that I am awake for the intermission.
Robert Benchley

Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.
Alan Bennett

The rough broad difference between the American and the European business man is that the latter is anxious to leave his work, while the former is anxious to get to it.
Arnold Bennett

Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
Warren Bennis

All punishment is mischief: all punishment in itself is evil.
Jeremy Bentham

Accounting issues did not cause Enron's stock price to fall - its failed business model did.
Joseph Berardino

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.
Sarah Bernhardt

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
Aneurin Bevan

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
Aneurin Bevan

If someone thinks they are being mistreated by us, they won't tell 5 people, they'll tell 5000.
Jeff Bezos

The common question that gets asked in business is, why? That's a good question, but an equally valid question is, why not?
Jeff Bezos

CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
Ambrose Bierce

When money talks, few are deaf.
Earl Derr Biggers

Grand business plans are all very well, but nothing beats dipping your toe in the water.
Karan Bilimoria

In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us.
Josh Billings

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.
Otto von Bismarck

Politics is the art of the possible.
Otto von Bismarck

The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common.
Gerard M. Blair

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair

And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green?
William Blake

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.

William Blake

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.

William Blake

My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

William Blake

Everyone is a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers, don't let their appearances fool you.
Kenneth Blanchard

The one thing computers have done is let us make bigger mistakes. We have to be careful not to depend on our machines.
Michael Bloomberg

If you are not yourself, if you surrender your personality, you have nothing left to give the world. You have no pleasure, no use, nothing which will attract and charm me, for by the suppression of your individuality, you lose your distinctive character.
Edward Wilmot Blyden

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
Boethius

He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
Napoléon Bonaparte

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.
Peter Bonfield

Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble.
James Boren

What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.
Horatio Bottomley

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Elizabeth Bowen

Start with your own money and value your intuition. It's all about endurance in the beginning. Your dream and passion to succeed must be stronger than your fear of failure.
Terri Bowersock

Those who won our independence ... believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Louis Brandeis

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.
Richard Branson

I believe in benevolent dictatorships, provided I am the dictator.
Richard Branson

In a restless, creative business with an emphasis on experiment and development, ideas are the lifeblood.
Richard Branson

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.
Richard Branson

The finest plans are always ruined by the littleness of those who ought to carry them out, for the Emperor can actually do nothing.
Bertolt Brecht

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.
Emily Brontë

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.

Rupert Brooke

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Joyce Brothers

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
Heywood Broun

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 called the land of the free and the home of the brave; it is called the asylum of the oppressed; and some have been foolish enough to call it the Cradle of Liberty. If it is the cradle 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.
William Wells Brown

He is rich who hath enough to be charitable.
Thomas Browne

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.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.

Robert Browning

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
Robert Browning

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.
Jean de La Bruyère

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.
Jean de La Bruyère

There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.
Frank Buchman

Once the what is decided the how always follows. We must not make the how an excuse for not facing and accepting the what.
Pearl S. Buck

I don't pay attention to what the stock does. If the business does well, the stock eventually follows.
Warren Buffett

I've learned the perimeter of my circle of confidence.
Warren Buffett

Of one thing be certain: if a C.E.O. is enthused about a particularly foolish acquisition, both his internal staff and his outside advisors will come up with whatever projections are needed to justify his stance. Only in fairy tales are emperors told that they are naked.
Warren Buffett

Take Wrigley's Chewing Gum. I don't think the Internet is going to change how people chew gum.
Warren Buffett

The market will pay better to entertain than educate.
Warren Buffett

The true investor welcomes volatility ... a wildly fluctuating market means that irrationally low prices will periodically be attached to solid businesses.
Warren Buffett

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.
Warren Buffett

Wall Street is the only place people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from people who take the subway.
Warren Buffett

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.
Warren Buffett

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

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.
James E. Burke

Watch how a man takes praise and there you have the measure of him.
Thomas Burke

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.
H. S. M. Burns

But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love for ever.

Robert Burns

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.

Robert Burns

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

The best laid schemes of mice and men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Robert Burns

Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
George W. Bush

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Nicholas Murray Butler

Home, Sweet Home must surely have been written by a bachelor.
Samuel Butler

Your brain is, indeed, a supreme example of, and is the ultimate, Internet.
Tony Buzan

'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction.
George Byron

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
George Byron

- C -
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Albert Camus

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Albert Camus

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.
Elias Canetti

And finds, with keen discriminating sight,
Black's not so black; - nor white so very white.

George Canning

It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
Eddie Cantor

If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.
Thomas Carlyle

Men who continue hoarding great sums all their lives, the proper use of which for the public ends would work good to the community, should be made to feel that the community, in the form of the state, cannot thus be deprived of its proper share. By taxing estates heavily at death the state marks its condemnation of the selfish millionaire's unworthy life.
Andrew Carnegie

The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Andrew Carnegie

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.
Dale Carnegie

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

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.
Bernardus Carnotensis

That's the reason they're called lessons, the Gryphon remarked: because they lessen from day to day.
Lewis Carroll

The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
Lewis Carroll

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!
Lewis Carroll

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.
Rachel Carson

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.
Rachel Carson

Clothes are our weapons, our challenges, and our visible insult.
Angela Carter

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
Jimmy Carter

After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down.
Barbara Cartland

I say what I mean, you hear what I say. That is the end of it.
Barbara Cassani

There are two ways to compete - in stable conditions, you plan and you compete on scale. In unstable times, you live by your wits.
Dick Cavanagh

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness - its opposite - never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Cervantes

Who reads much and walks much sees much and knows much.
Cervantes

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.
S. K. Chakraborty

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.
Lynda Chalker

Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour.
Raymond Chandler

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Coco Chanel

Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
Coco Chanel

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing

Words are so futile, so feeble.
Charlie Chaplin

He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
Geoffrey Chaucer

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.
Anton Chekhov

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.
Anton Chekhov

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
G. K. Chesterton

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.
G. K. Chesterton

When men stop believing in God they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything.
G. K. Chesterton

Everyone threw the blame on me ... they nearly always do. I suppose ... they think I shall be able to bear it best.
Winston Churchill

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill

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.
Winston Churchill

Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.*
*Attribution questionable.
Winston Churchill

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Winston Churchill

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
*Attribution questionable.
Winston Churchill

Victory has a hundred fathers, but no one wants to recognise defeat as his own.
Galeazzo Ciano

Everything you reprove in another, you must carefully avoid in yourself.
Cicero

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Cicero

The sinews of war: unlimited money.
Cicero

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.
Arthur C. Clarke

There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.
Hillary Clinton

'Tis better to have fought and lost,
Than never to have fought at all.

Arthur Hugh Clough

Though shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.

Arthur Hugh Clough

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Colton

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.

Ivy Compton-Burnett

He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
Confucius

It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.
Confucius

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.
Confucius

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius

The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
Confucius

To be dilatory about giving orders, but to expect absolute punctuality, that is called being a tormentor.
Confucius

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.
Confucius

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
William Congreve

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve

Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
Cyril Connolly

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.
Shirley Conran

Accountants and market researchers may be brilliant at examining and analysing facts about the past, but they have no forward vision.
Terence Conran

Better build schoolrooms for the boy,
Than cells and gibbets for the man.

Eliza Cook

If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

Last night I dreamt I ate a ten-pound marshmallow. When I woke up the pillow was gone.
Tommy Cooper

Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
Pierre Corneille

The thing that best defines a child is the total inability to receive information from anything not plugged in.
Bill Cosby

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.
Pierre de Coubertin

Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Leonard Courtney

Avoid fight or flight, talk through differences.
Stephen R. Covey

The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change.
Stephen R. Covey

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.

Noël Coward

I was delighted to see that you thought I was as good as I thought I was.
Noël Coward

Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.
William Cowper

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.
Richard Crashaw

The leader is not just a scorekeeper. He is responsible for creating something new and better.
Wilbur L. Creech

Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow.
Jean de Crèvecoeur

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.
Quentin Crisp

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.

Roy Croft

For many businesses, the Internet is still a technology in search of a strategy.
Mary J. Cronin

Just as location, location, location defines value in real estate, in business today it's connectivity that equals competitiveness.
Mary J. Cronin

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.
Geoffrey Crowther

- D -
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
John Dalberg-Acton

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.
Charles Darwin

Neglecting small things under the pretext of wanting to accomplish large ones is the excuse of a coward.
Alexandra David-Néel

Running after women never hurt anybody - it's catching 'em that does the damage.
Jack Davies

Girls scream, boys shout; dogs bark, school's out.
W. H. Davies

Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
Jefferson Davis

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.
Bertrand Dawson

The stronger man's argument is always the best.
Jean de La Fontaine

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
Peter De Vries

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.
Eugene V. Debs

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
Stephen Decatur

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.
E. M. Delafield

I believe that you have to understand the economics of a business before you have a strategy, and you have to understand your strategy before you have a structure. If you get these in the wrong order, you will probably fail.
Michael Dell

Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not.
Michael Dell

If you limit a company by its structure or by the people in the company, you will, by definition, limit the full potential of that business. It sounds basic, but a lot of companies don't follow the idea that the structure should be last and not first.
Michael Dell

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes

See how the rascals use me! They will not let my play run and yet they steal my thunder!
John Dennis

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlin

Minds are like parachutes: they only function when they are open.
James Dewar

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
Charles Dickens

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!

Charles Dickens

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.
Charles Dickens

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.

Emily Dickinson

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.
Isak Dinesen

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
Benjamin Disraeli

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.
Sonora Smart Dodd

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.
John Donne

Whoever loves, if he do not propose
The right true end of love, he's one that goes
To sea for nothing but to make him sick.

John Donne

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.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

When dealing with complexity and uncertainty, trust and openness become critical.
David Dotlich

Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education ever bestowed on me, the ability to think in quotations.
Margaret Drabble

Must, bid the Morn awake,
Sad Winter now declines,
Each Bird doth choose a mate,
This day's Saint Valentine's;
For that good Bishop's sake
Get up, and let us see
What Beauty it shall be
That Fortune us assigns.

Michael Drayton

Decisions of the kind the executive has to make are not made well by acclamation. They are made well only if based on the clash of conflicting views ... The first rule in decision-making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement.
Peter Drucker

Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions. It deals with the future of present decisions.
Peter Drucker

The most common cause of executive failure is inability or unwillingness to change with the demands of a new position. The executive who keeps on doing what he has done successfully before is almost bound to fail.
Peter Drucker

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden

My heart to thy heart,
My hand to thine,
My lips to thy lips,
Kisses are wine ...

Paul Dunbar

If you look after the customers and look after the people who look after the customers, you should be successful.
Charles Dunstone

Nice guys. Finish last.
Leo Durocher

A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.
Florence P. Dwyer

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.

Henry van Dyke

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.
Henry van Dyke

- E -
First get in, then get rich, then get respectable.
Bernie Ecclestone

Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children and cut their own fingers.
Arthur Eddington

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.
Marian Edelman

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas Edison

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.
Thomas Edison

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Edison

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Edward VIII

No organizational action has more power for motivating employee behavior change than feedback from credible work associates.
Mark R. Edwards

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
Albert Einstein

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.
Michael Eisner

Nature repairs her ravages, but not all. The uptorn trees are not rooted again; the parted hills are left scarred; if there is a new growth, the trees are not the same as the old, and the hills underneath their green vesture bear the marks of the past rending. To the eyes that have dwelt on the past, there is no thorough repair.
George Eliot

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
George Eliot

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.
George Eliot

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.
George Eliot

April is the cruellest month.
T. S. Eliot

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.

T. S. Eliot

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!
Elizabeth I

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.
Havelock Ellis

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.
Larry Ellison

A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect ... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
Zhou Enlai

It is difficulties that show what men are.
Epictetus

It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
Epictetus

Only the educated are free.
Epictetus

Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
Evan Esar

There is no royal road to geometry.
Euclid

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.
Euripides

There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.
Euripides

An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame.
Sam Ewing

Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.
Sam Ewing

Contracts are agreements made up of big words and little type.
Sam Ewing

Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
Sam Ewing

When the meek inherit the earth, lawyers will be there to work out the deal.
Sam Ewing

- F -
To win against opponents, companies need strategies for three related tasks: outwitting, outmaneuvering, and outperforming competitors.
Liam Fahey

The decision to do that extra bit must be embedded in the company's culture.
Tom Farmer

Problem children tend to grow up into problem adults and problem adults tend to produce more problem children.
David Farrington

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
William Faulkner

Never give a sucker an even break.
W. C. Fields

Business shouldn't be like sports, separating the men from the women.
Carly Fiorina

I realised that if you want to change something, nine times out of ten you can change it more effectively from within.
Niall FitzGerald

At office-managerial level ... you do not read more than the first two sentences of any given report. You believe that anything which cannot be put into two sentences is not worth attending to.
Penelope Fitzgerald

Administrative purpose usually outruns the facts. Indeed the administrative official's ardor for facts usually begins when he wants to change the facts!
Mary Parker Follett

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.
Mary Parker Follett

If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
Bertie Forbes

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes

To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes

The sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
Miss C. F. Forbes

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.
Steve Forbes

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
Henry Ford

A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored.
Henry Ford

A manufacturer is not through with his customer when a sale is completed. He has then only started with his customer.
Henry Ford

Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.
Henry Ford

Sometimes it is the men higher up who most need revamping - and they themselves are the last to recognize it.
Henry Ford

There are only two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money away from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.
Henry Ford

Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right.
Henry Ford

A company needs smart young men with the imagination and the guts to turn everything upside down if they can. It also needs old figures to keep them from turning upside down those things that ought to be rightside up.
Henry Ford II

Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think is creation's.
E. M. Forster

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.
Anatole France

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes; men who like women never notice what they wear.
Anatole France

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
Anatole France

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
Anatole France

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Victor Frankl

A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost.
Benjamin Franklin

Creditors have better memories than debtors.
Benjamin Franklin

God heals and the doctor takes the fees.
Benjamin Franklin

He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
Benjamin Franklin

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin

Remember that time is money.
Benjamin Franklin

All that matters is love and work.
Sigmund Freud

Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
Milton Friedman

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.
Milton Friedman

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.

Erich Fromm

Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
David Frost

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

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office.
Robert Frost

There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't, and that's the wife who can't cook and will.
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

Those who invest only to get rich will fail. Those who invest to help others will probably succeed.
Art Fry

- G -
A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
John Galbraith

Change is inevitable, but it is in us to control its content and directions.
Indira Gandhi

It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
Indira Gandhi

Opportunities are not offered; they must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance and tenacity, determination and courage.
Indira Gandhi

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune.
Mahatma Gandhi

You should be the change that you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

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.
James Garfield

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland

A little blindness is necessary when you undertake risk.
Bill Gates

I'm not an educator ... I'm a learner.
Bill Gates

If the 1980s were about quality and the 1990s were about reengineering, then the 2000s will be about velocity.
Bill Gates

Take our 20 best people away, and I will tell you that Microsoft would become an unimportant company.
Bill Gates

The CEO's role in raising a company's corporate IQ is to establish an atmosphere that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Bill Gates

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.
Bill Gates

Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationships of the men and women in the organization.
Harold Geneen

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Harold Geneen

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.
George V

For, you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Rosemonde Gérard

Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky,
Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.

Ira Gershwin

If businessmen always made the right decisions, business wouldn't be business.
Jean Paul Getty

Praise should always be given in public, criticism should always be given in private.
Jean Paul Getty

The truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter, a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo.
Jean Paul Getty

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.
Mark Getty

Yesterday's success formula is often today's obsolete dogma ... We must continually challenge the past so that we can renew ourselves each day.
Sumantra Ghoshal

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.
Philip Gibbs

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.

Khalil Gibran

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.

Khalil Gibran

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
André Gide

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
André Gide

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
André Gide

[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.
Rudy Giuliani

There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Edna Gladney

You can't fight against the future. Time is on our side.
William Gladstone

Age does not make us childish, as they say. It only finds us true children still.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is extremely important that you show some insensitivity to your past in order to show the proper respect for the future.
Roberto Goizueta

The world is first a Coke world, then an orange world, then a lemon-lime world.
Roberto Goizueta

You can only stumble if you're moving.
Roberto Goizueta

Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.

Isaac Goldberg

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Samuel Goldwyn

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.
Daniel Goleman

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.
Baltasar Gracián

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.
Baltasar Gracián

Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.
Katharine Graham

If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
Katharine Graham

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

Alas, regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come,
Nor care beyond to-day.

Thomas Gray

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
Graham Greene

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Graham Greene

What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
Graham Greene

Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
Robert Greenleaf

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.
Andrew Grove

Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
Andrew Grove

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.
Andrew Grove

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.
Andrew Grove

Without an appropriate vision, a transformation effort can easily dissolve into a list of confusing, incompatible and time-consuming projects that go in the wrong direction or nowhere at all.
Bob Guccione

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.

Edgar Guest

- H -
Bury your ego. Don't be the star. Be the star maker!
Bud Hadfield

When it's time to make a decision about a person or problem ... trust your intuition ... act.
Bud Hadfield

You can increase your brain power three to fivefold simply by laughing and having fun before working on a problem.
Doug Hall

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get.
Tom Hanks

Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse.

E. Y. Harburg

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
Richard Harkness

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.
Mary Harney

Never corner an opponent, and always assist him to save his face ... Avoid self-righteousness like the devil - there is nothing so self-blinding.
B. H. Liddell Hart

Change is an attitude of mind and the place to start is within ourselves.
John Harvey-Jones

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.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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.
Nicolas G. Hayek

Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
Denis Healey

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

The sea has its pearls,
The heavens its stars,
I love you without question,
But my heart, my heart,
My heart has its love.

Heinrich Heine

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.
Joseph Heller

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
Lillian Hellman

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Lillian Hellman

Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry

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.
Frank Herbert

One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
George Herbert

A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's; she changes it more often.
Oliver Herford

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
Herodotus

Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:
A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun.

Robert Herrick

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.
Frederick Herzberg

The market has no morality.
Michael Heseltine

Others appear frozen in the headlights - aware of the likely impact, yet paralysed by the fear of major transformations.
Patricia Hewitt

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Edmund Hillary

For extreme illnesses, extreme treatments are most fitting.
Hippocrates

Life is short, [the] art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult.
Hippocrates

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.
Eric Hoffer

The real haves are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire all of these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the real have nots are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor.
Eric Hoffer

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.
Eric Hoffer

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

I love thee - I love thee,
'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.

Thomas Hood

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine!

Thomas Hood

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.
Tom Horton

A man has his clothes made to fit him; a woman makes herself fit her clothes.
E. W. Howe

Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support, and opens the way to wealth, honor, and happiness.
John Howe

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
Elbert Hubbard

If your religion does not change you, then you should change your religion.
Elbert Hubbard

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Kin Hubbard

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

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.
Thomas Hughes

When two souls, which have sought each other for however long in the throng, have finally found each other...there is then established for ever between them a union, fiery and pure as they themselves are, a union which begins on earth and continues for ever in heaven...This is the love which you inspire in me.
Victor Hugo

I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men, and his aversion to lean ones.
David Hume

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.
David Hume

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

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

Only man is not content to leave things as they are but must always be changing them, and when he has done so, is seldom satisfied at the result.
Elspeth Huxley

I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything.
Thomas Huxley

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
Thomas Huxley

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.
Thomas Huxley

- I -
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.
Lee Iacocca

Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it.
Lee Iacocca

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.

Ignatius

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.
William Ralph Inge

Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
Robert G. Ingersoll

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Washington Irving

Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.
Kenneth Iverson

The real impediment to producing a higher-quality product more efficiently isn't the workers, union or nonunion, it's management.
Kenneth Iverson

- J -
One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge.
Holbrook Jackson

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 her career ... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.
C. L. R. James

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James

When women ask for equality, men take them to be demanding domination.
Elizabeth Janeway

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Thomas Jefferson

If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
George Jessel

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.
Steve Jobs

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.
Steve Jobs

All knowledge is of itself of some value. There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable, that I would not rather know it than not.
Samuel Johnson

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.
Samuel Johnson

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Samuel Johnson

Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it... It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.... and the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
Erica Jong

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.

Ben Jonson

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.
Ben Jonson

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.
Ben Jonson

If you're not happy with yourself, how can you make the customer happy?
Liisa Joronen

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
Joseph Joubert

It is better to debate a question without deciding it than to decide it without debate.
Joseph Joubert

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.
Carl Jung

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

A child is owed the greatest respect; if you ever have something disgraceful in mind, don't ignore your son's tender years.
Juvenal

- K -
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.
Franz Kafka

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
Immanuel Kant

Companies that stay ahead of change are ones in which their people see change as something they themselves accomplish and not something that is imposed on them. They see lots of opportunities to take initiative.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The power of the position is giving way to the power of the person. A formal title and its placement on an organization chart have less to do with career prospects and success ... than the skills and ideas a person brings to that work.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

You can always buy something in English, you can't always sell something in English.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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.
Donna Karan

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
Nicos Kazantzakis

Leadership is not about being nice. It's about being right and being strong.
Paul Keating

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness;

John Keats

Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
John Keats

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.

John Keats

Customers provide you with the most accurate barometer of what's right and wrong.
Herb Kelleher

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

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.
Helen Keller

He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the faultfinding of men.
Thomas à Kempis

I feel sorry for those who live without competition ... fat, dumb, and unhappy in cradle-to-grave security.
Donald Kendall

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Florynce Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
John F. Kennedy

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.
John F. Kennedy

The purpose of a university is to make students safe for ideas - not ideas safe for students.
Clark Kerr

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
Ellen Key

I don't like to hire consultants. They're like castrated bulls: all they can do is advise.
Victor Kiam

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Quality is not a program that can be simply imposed on an operation; instead it is a way of operating that permeates a business and the thinking of its employees.
Theodore B. Kinni

The difference between a leader and a boss is the difference between good and bad management.
Joe Klock Sr.

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.
Charles Koch

True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler

Good customers are an asset which, when well managed and served, will return a handsome lifetime income stream for the company.
Philip Kotler

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.
Louis Kronenberger

- L -
Haute Couture should be fun, foolish, and almost unwearable.
Christian Lacroix

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.
Dalai Lama

A child's a plaything for an hour.
Charles Lamb

Observing your own and your competitor's successes and failures makes your inner business voice more sure and vivid.
Estée Lauder

The more you talk and listen to a bad character the more you lose your dislike for him.
Henry Lawson

Business today is about making decisions amid ambiguity.
Geraldine Laybourne

The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Harper Lee

I once said cynically of a politician, He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Oscar Levant

Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

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!

William Lever

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.
Arthur Levitt

A powerful new idea can kick around unused in a company for years, not because its merits are not recognized, but because nobody has assumed the responsibility for converting it from words to action.
Theodore Levitt

Creativity is thinking new things. Innovation is doing new things.
Theodore Levitt

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.
Kurt Lewin

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Abraham Lincoln

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.
Abraham Lincoln

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You're fired! No other words can so easily and succinctly reduce a confident, self-assured executive to an insecure, groveling shred of his former self.
Frank P. Louchheim

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell

Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
James Russell Lowell

The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
E. V. Lucas

He was the consummate politician. He didn't lie, neither did he tell the truth.
John Lundberg

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.
Jonathan Lynn

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.
Oliver Lyttelton

- M -
I don't know any executive who ever thought about stress, although a lot of other people do. No one ever dies of hard work. But a lot of people die once they retire from an active job.
Ian MacGregor

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.
Niccolò Machiavelli

For a woman to attain a high level in a male-dominated profession, she has to work twice as hard and/or be twice as smart.
Elizabeth Mackay

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.
Madonna

Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
John Major

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.
Nelson Mandela

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
Nelson Mandela

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.
Horace Mann

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.
Marya Mannes

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.
Marya Mannes

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.

Christopher Marlowe

Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

Christopher Marlowe

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Don Marquis

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.
George Marshall

We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
Allan Massie

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.
Henri Matisse

Big things and little things are my job. Middle level management can be delegated.
Konosuke Matsushita

I'm not the manager because I'm always right, but I'm always right because I'm the manager.
Gene Mauch

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham

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?
W. Somerset Maugham

People ask you for criticism but they only want praise.
W. Somerset Maugham

People often feed the hungry so that nothing may disturb their own enjoyment of a good meal.
W. Somerset Maugham

Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham

People never care how much you know until they know how much you care.
John C. Maxwell

I would have been a success in anything. But I have chosen an activity that was socially useful and that aspect gives me extra satisfaction.
Robert Maxwell

Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
Robert Maxwell

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.
Mark McCormack

Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and only the pig enjoys himself.
Mark McCormack

We seriously undervalue the passion ... a person brings to an enterprise. You can rent a brain, but you can't rent a heart.
Mark McCormack

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.
Marshall McLuhan

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
Margaret Mead

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.
Margaret Mead

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.
Mencius

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
H. L. Mencken

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.

Alice Meynell

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.
Arthur Miller

A salesman has got to dream, boy, it comes with the territory.
Arthur Miller

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
Henry Miller

Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
(That last infirmity of noble mind)
To scorn delights, and live laborious days.

John Milton

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.

John Milton

I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
Nancy Mitford

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.
Molière

Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses.
Molière

I treat everything as a learning experience; then you become detached from the result and more interested in the experience itself.
Lorraine Moller

It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
Michel de Montaigne

The thing I fear most is fear.
Michel de Montaigne

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.
George Moore

No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream.

Thomas Moore

Trifles make the sum of human things,
And half our misery from our foibles spring.

Hannah More

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
John Morley

Show me the man who has enjoyed his schooldays and I will show you a bully and a bore.
Robert Morley

No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.
John Mortimer

It has to be admitted that we English have sex on the brain, which is a very unsatisfactory place to have it.
Malcolm Muggeridge

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
Malcolm Muggeridge

I don't give a damn what the media critics say. It's what your readers say. If you haven't got any readers, you're only talking to yourself.
Rupert Murdoch

Monopoly is a terrible thing, till you have it.
Rupert Murdoch

We're not going global because we want to or because of any megalomania, but because it's really necessary.
Rupert Murdoch

I do not really understand the stock market.
Narayana Murthy

It is better to underpromise and overdeliver than vice versa. For this one need not break the law of the land. One has to only think global. Otherwise success will disappear like the dew in the morning sun.
Narayana Murthy

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.
Narayana Murthy

- N -
Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.
Ogden Nash

The best way to guarantee a steady stream of new ideas is to make sure that each person in your organization is as different as possible from the others. Under these conditions, and only these conditions, will people maintain varied perspectives and demonstrate their knowledge in different ways.
Nicholas Negroponte

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.
Paula Nelson

If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
John Henry Newman

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
John Henry Newman

When a woman is wearing shorts her charms are enlarged without being enhanced.
Beverley Nichols

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.
Florence Nightingale

Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Richard Nixon

Middle age is when, wherever you go on holiday, you pack a sweater.
Denis Norden

- O -
Everywhere I go I am asked if university stifles writers. My opinion is that it doesn't stifle enough of them.
Flannery O'Connor

I feel these days like a very large flamingo. No matter what way I turn, there is always a very large bill.
Joseph O'Connor

The most important thing I would learn in school was that almost everything I would learn in school would be utterly useless.
Joseph O'Connor

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.
Tony O'Reilly

Bureaucratic time ... slower than geologic time but more expensive than time spent with Madame Claude's girls in Paris.
P. J. O'Rourke

Dating is a social engagement with the threat of sex at its conclusion.
P. J. O'Rourke

Do not assume more variables than necessary.
William Ockham

Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.
David Ogilvy

In business as on the battlefield, the object of strategy is to bring about the condition most favorable to one's own side.
Kenichi Ohmae

In Japan, organizations and people in the organization are synonymous.
Kenichi Ohmae

Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell

Decision making by consensus has been the subject of a great deal of research ... evidence strongly suggests that a consensus approach yields more creative decisions and more effective implementation than does individual decision making.
William Ouchi

- P -
Anyone can build market share and, if you set your prices low enough, you can get the whole damn market.
David Packard

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.

Dorothy Parker

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
Blaise Pascal

People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
John Dos Passos

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Patanjali

We strive to be Number One ... But win or lose, it is the competition which gives us pleasure.
Joe Paterno

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
Octavio Paz

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.
Hesketh Pearson

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
William Penn

They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
William Penn

Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
Shimon Peres

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.
Pericles

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.
Ross Perot

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
Laurence J. Peter

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence ... in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties ... Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.
Laurence J. Peter

The common wisdom is that ... managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense. Employees bring their own motivation.
Tom Peters

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.
Pauline Phillips

The child's first year of life is unfortunately still an abyss of mysteries for the psychologist.
Jean Piaget

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.
Pablo Picasso

We Bishops, in our proper dress, originated the mini-skirt. But we allowed Mary Quant to steal the thunder and make three million quid out of it last year.
Victor J. Pike

Quality is not a thing. It is an event.
Robert M. Pirsig

Physicians acquire their knowledge from our dangers, making experiments at the cost of our lives.
Pliny

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.
Plutarch

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe

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.

Edgar Allan Poe

Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.
Faith Popcorn

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.
Faith Popcorn

All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
Alexander Pope

Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.

Alexander Pope

Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Alexander Pope

Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.
Alexander Pope

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.
Alexander Pope

I'm not afraid of life and I'm not afraid of death: Dying's the bore.
Katherine Anne Porter

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.
Katherine Anne Porter

Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of values.
Michael Porter

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
Colin Powell

I remember, I remember
How my childhood fleeted by, -
The mirth of its December
And the warmth of its July.

Winthrop Praed

And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Mathew Prior

- Q -
In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
Thomas De Quincey

- R -
The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.
Nancy Reagan

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
Ronald Reagan

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
Ronald Reagan

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans.
Ronald Reagan

Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
David Ricardo

In a small company, one person's hunch can be enough to launch a new product. In a big company, the same concept is likely to be buried in committee for months.
Al Ries

The customer is never wrong.
César Ritz

We should never be allowed to forget that it is the customer who, in the end, determines how many people are employed and what sort of wages companies can afford to pay.
Alfred Robens

Do not delegate an assignment and then attempt to manage it yourself - you will make an enemy of the overruled subordinate.
Wess Roberts

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.
Heather Robertson

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?
François de La Rochefoucauld

By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
Anita Roddick

The kind of brain-dead, gum chewing assistant you find in so many shops drives me wild. I want everyone who works for me to feel the same excitement that I feel.
Anita Roddick

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
Will Rogers

Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
Will Rogers

You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers

Where the character is not great, there is no great man ... Never mind success. It is a question of being great, not seeming it.
Romain Rolland

It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.
Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no indispensable man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.
Theodore Roosevelt

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.
Theodore Roosevelt

For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Christina Rossetti

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.
Leo Rosten

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.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A bachelor gets tangled up with a lot of women in order to avoid getting tied up by one.
Helen Rowland

A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Helen Rowland

When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they don't understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Helen Rowland

Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.
Harriet Rubin

I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
Helena Rubinstein

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
Helena Rubinstein

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?

Rumi

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Salman Rushdie

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
John Ruskin

The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive.
John Ruskin

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.
Bertrand Russell

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Bertrand Russell

To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.
Bertrand Russell

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid, the second is pleasant and highly paid.
Bertrand Russell

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.
Mark Rutherford

- S -
Children are given us to discourage our better emotions.
Saki

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.
J. D. Salinger

Behind all its global responsibilities and impersonal style banking is still a people business ... it may be the most personal business of all for it always depends on the original concept of credit, meaning trust.
Anthony Sampson

Even children learn in growing up that both is not an admissible answer to a choice of which one?
Paul Samuelson

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.
Paul Samuelson

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.
Paul Samuelson

Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything. Men, it's the only thing!
Version A.
Henry Russell Sanders

Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing.
Version B.
Henry Russell Sanders

The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
George Santayana

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!
Jean-Paul Sartre

Contract: an agreement that is binding on the weaker party.*
*Attribution questionable.
Frederick Sawyer

People who are successful simply want it more than people who are not.
Ian Schrager

Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.
Pat Schroeder

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.
E. F. Schumacher

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
Angela Schwindt

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.
Hazel Scott

O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!
Walter Scott

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Pete Seeger

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.
Ricardo Semler

He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.
Seneca

Lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty; the difficulty comes from lack of confidence.
Seneca

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
Seneca

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Seneca

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.
Peter Senge

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss

In a dream you are never eighty.
Anne Sexton

A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.

William Shakespeare

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.

William Shakespeare

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.

William Shakespeare

Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind,
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.

William Shakespeare

He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends.
William Shakespeare

I am your wife, if you will marry me;
If not, I'll die your maid, To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.

William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
William Shakespeare

This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.

William Shakespeare

When the sea was calm, all boats alike
Show'd mastership in floating.

William Shakespeare

Why, 'tis a happy thing
To be the father unto many sons.

William Shakespeare

Positive feedback makes the strong grow stronger and the weak grow weaker.
Carl Shapiro

What God hath joined together no man shall ever put asunder; God will take care of that.
George Bernard Shaw

You see things as they are and ask, Why? I dream things as they never were and ask, Why not?
George Bernard Shaw

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
Gail Sheehy

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
Gail Sheehy

Leadership is the process of achieving a dream together, especially when that dream seems impossible to achieve.
Stan Shih

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.
Clare Short

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
Beverly Sills

A complex decision is like a great river, drawing from its many tributaries the innumerable premises of which it is constituted.
Herbert Simon

The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth - all that is illusion.
O. J. Simpson

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner

Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.
Horace Smith

Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
John Alexander Smith

Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life - save only this - that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
John Alexander Smith

Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
Logan Pearsall Smith

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.
Masayoshi Son

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.
George Soros

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.
George Soros

I am cautious about going against the herd. I am liable to be trampled on.
George Soros

If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
Diana Spencer

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.
Ivor Spencer

I dream for a living.
Steven Spielberg

Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of.
Philip Stanhope

I recommend you to take care of the minutes for the hours will take care of themselves.
Philip Stanhope

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Philip Stanhope

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
John Steinbeck

Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
Laurence Sterne

Writing, when properly managed (as you may be sure, I think mine is), is but a different name for conversation.
Laurence Sterne

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Adlai Stevenson

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.
Adlai Stevenson

Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.
Thomas A. Stewart

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.
Caskie Stinnett

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Tom Stoppard

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
Rex Stout

The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
Jack Straw

I loathe people who keep dogs. They're cowards who have not got the guts to bite people themselves.
August Strindberg

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Jonathan Swift

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
Publilius Syrus

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Thomas Szasz

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert Szent-Györgyi

- T -
If you can't change your fate change your attitude.
Amy Tan

In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Alfred Tennyson

'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Alfred Tennyson

God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
Mother Teresa

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
Margaret Thatcher

I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
Margaret Thatcher

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
Margaret Thatcher

Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
Margaret Thatcher

Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
Dave Thomas

Whether it's choosing a career or deciding what charity to get involved with, the choice should come from your heart. Ultimately, you are the one who has to get up every morning and enjoy what you are doing, so make sure it matters to you.
Dave Thomas

Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies.
Dylan Thomas

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

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.
Henry David Thoreau

Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau

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.
Thucydides

Boys are perhaps beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of eighteen months and ninety years.
James Thurber

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.
Alvin Toffler

The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

No manufacturing company will ever do well if they are concerned only with calculating profits.
Shoichiro Toyoda

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.
Leon Trotsky

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.
Harry S. Truman

It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Harry S. Truman

Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Harry S. Truman

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.
Harry S. Truman

My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward. I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.
Donald Trump

Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
Donald Trump

If you have an olive, you want an olive tree. You want a little more. You want the whole tree.
Ted Turner

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.
Ted Turner

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
Desmond Tutu

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
Mark Twain

In the matter of diet - I have been persistently strict in sticking to the things that didn't agree with me until one or the other of us got the best of it.
Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
Mark Twain

Simple rules for saving money: To save half, when you are fired by an eager impulse to contribute to charity, wait, and count to forty. To save three-quarters, count sixty. To save it all, count sixty-five.
Mark Twain

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
Mark Twain

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao Tzu

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.

Lao Tzu

A terrace nine stories high rises from a handful of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet.
Lao Tzu

Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
Lao Tzu

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao Tzu

The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
Lao Tzu

Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
Lao Tzu

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.
Sun Tzu

The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
Sun Tzu

- U -
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.
Peter Ustinov

- V -
Whoever wants to accomplish great things must devote to a lot of profound thought to details.
Paul Valery

Business doesn't have to choose between making profit and protecting the environment, between economic success and ethical responsibility, between satisfying the customer and meeting the demands of other stakeholders. In other words, we don't have to make a choice between profits and principles.
Jeroen van der Veer

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.
Lillian Vernon

I like to dress egos.
Gianni Versace

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.
Victoria

Never have children, only grandchildren.
Gore Vidal

Begin, baby boy: if you haven't had a smile for your parent, then neither will a god think you worth inviting to dinner, nor a goddess to bed.
Virgil

Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.
Virgil

Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.
Virgil

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Voltaire

Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
Voltaire

- W -
I got my start by giving myself a start.
C. J. Walker

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.
Izaak Walton

Our philosophy is that management's role is simply to get the right people in the right places to do a job, and to encourage them to use their own inventiveness to accomplish the task at hand.
Sam Walton

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
An Wang

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

Success is measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

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.
George Washington

An environment which calls for perfection is not likely to be easy. But aiming for it is always good for progress.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

I want to begin with what I think is the most important factor: our respect for the individual. This is a simple concept, but in IBM it occupies a major portion of management time.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

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.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

Look, you can take anything away from IBM ... but leave our people and this business will re-create itself overnight.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

There aren't any categories of problems here. There's just one problem. Some of us aren't paying enough attention to our customers.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

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.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

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.
Evelyn Waugh

Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called inbreeding, from which comes idiot children and more lawyers.
David Wayne

Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.
Sigourney Weaver

However many people complain about the red 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.
Max Weber

Insecure managers create complexity.
Jack Welch

When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.
Jack Welch

A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
Carolyn Wells

The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
H. G. Wells

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.
Arnold Wesker

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
Mae West

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
Mae West

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Alfred North Whitehead

Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
Walt Whitman

I give you my love
More precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other
As long as we live?

Walt Whitman

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
Oscar Wilde

Be careful to choose your enemies well. Friends don't much matter. But the choice of enemies is very important.
Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.
Oscar Wilde

I don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Oscar Wilde

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover, when it is too late, that the only thing one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Oscar Wilde

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Oscar Wilde

To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.
Oscar Wilde

I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.
Billy Wilder

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; and now I have six children, and no theories.
John Wilmot

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
E. O. Wilson

One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.
Harold Wilson

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.
Kemmons Wilson

My deepest, strongest desire in marrying you, Darling, is to make you happy, and I would put into this some word of love which would seem to your heart a sort of sweet preface to the book of love which we are about to open together, to read new secrets of sympathy and companionship. I would have you catch a glimpse of my purpose for the future and of the joy which that future contains for me, of the gratitude I feel for your priceless gift of love, and of the infinite love and tenderness which is the gift of my whole heart to you.
Woodrow Wilson

I believe in my own possibilities, and I feel I can do it all.
Oprah Winfrey

The greatest contribution you can make to women's rights, is to be the absolute ... best at what you do.
Oprah Winfrey

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.
Oprah Winfrey

Slice him where you like, a hellhound is always a hellhound.
P. G. Wodehouse

You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to.
Humbert Wolfe

Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over - it is now!
Kenneth Wolstenholme

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Real salesmen stick until the buyer has used up his last No.
William Wrigley

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

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.
Walter Wriston

They have this wonderful process of learning from direct experience called After Action Review, in which everyone who was involved sits down and the three questions are: What happened? Why do you think it happened? And what can we learn from it? If you were ... able to get those three questions as part of your process, you could become a learning organization.
Walter Wriston

When you retire ... you go from who's who to who's that, like stepping off the pier (or) achieving statutory senility.
Walter Wriston

- X -
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.
Malcolm X

- Y -
O body swayed to music,
O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?

William Butler Yeats

Think naught a trifle, though it small appear;
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.

Edward Young

Now she's on a diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn't lost any weight. But she can climb a tree!
Henny Youngman

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.
Han Yu

- Z -
A land without a people for a people without a land.
Israel Zangwill

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.
Zhuangzi

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become (by achieving your goals).
Zig Ziglar

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Zig Ziglar