Honour thy father and thy
mother: that thy days may be
long upon the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee.
Exodus 20:12, King James Version
Thou shalt not covet thy
neighbour's house, thou shalt not
covet thy neighbour's wife, nor
his manservant, nor his maid-
servant, nor his ox, nor his ass,
nor any thing that is thy neigh-
THE PROVERBS of
Solomon. A wise son
maketh a glad father: but a
foolish son is the heaviness of
A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that
sticketh closer than a brother.
Set me as a seal upon thine
heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for
love is strong as death; jealousy
is cruel as the grave: the coals
thereof are coals of fire, which
hath a most vehement flame.
But when thou doest alms, let
not thy left hand know what thy
right hand doeth:
Wherefore they are no more
twain, but one flesh. What there-
fore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.
Jesus said unto him, If thou
wilt be perfect, go and sell that
thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come and follow me.
For I was an hungred,
and ye gave me meat: I was
thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took
Naked, and ye clothed
me: I was sick, and ye visited
me: I was in prison, and ye
came to me.
I have shewed you all things,
how that so labouring ye ought to
support the weak, and to remem-
ber the words of the Lord Jesus,
how he said, It is more blessed to
give than to receive.
Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of neces-
sity: for God loveth a cheerful
For the love of money is
the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have
erred from the faith, and
pierced themselves through
with many sorrows.
There is no fear in love; but
perfect love casteth out fear: be-
cause fear hath torment. He that
feareth is not made perfect in
The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
By definition, risk-takers often fail. So do morons. In practice it's difficult to sort them out.
Consultants eventually leave, which makes them excellent scapegoats for major management blunders.
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.*
Executives can get away with having a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working hard enough.
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.
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.
Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
Change means movement. Movement means friction.
A celebrity is one who works hard all his life to become well-known and then goes through back streets wearing dark glasses so he won't be recognized.
A conference is a gathering of important people who, singly, can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year.
It was partially my fault that we got divorced ... I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
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.
Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
Work was like cats were supposed to be: if you disliked and feared it ... it knew at once and sought you out and jumped on your lap and climbed all over you to show how much it loved you.
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.
People will forget what you said
Poeple will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
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.
A bachelor is one who enjoys the chase but does not eat the game.
A test of whether you have achieved true fame is when a deranged person believes himself to be you.
Experience is the comb that Nature gives us when we are bald.
God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
If the soup had been as warm as the wine, and the wine as old as the fish, and the fish as young as the maid, and the maid as willing as the hostess, it would have been a very good meal.
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.
The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.
There are three kinds of lie: a small lie, a big lie and politics.
There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go, if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
What the brassière said to the top hat:You go on ahead while I give these two a lift.
You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.
Experience is a great teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice.
One lesson a man learns from Harvard Business School is that an executive is only as good as his health.
Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
Any one can get angry - that is easy - or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy.
Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others are of what they know.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
Wicked men obey for fear; good men, from love.
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
The living need charity more than the dead.
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
At last the secret is out, as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell to the intimate friend;
Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire;
Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire.
I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,
I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.
When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
This is not an age of castles, moats, and armor where people can sustain a competitive advantage for very long.
Whenever you fall, pick up something.
Salad. I can't bear salad. It grows while you're eating it, you know. Have you noticed? You start one side of your plate and by the time you've got to the other, there's a fresh crop of lettuce taken root and sprouted up.
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.
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.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears.
She used to diet on any kind of food she could lay her hands on.
By the structure of the world we often want, at the sudden occurrence of a grave tempest, to change the helmsman - to replace the pilot of the calm by the pilot of the storm.
Every banker knows that if he has to prove that he is worthy of credit, however good may be his arguments, in fact his credit is gone.
The worst families are those in which the members never really speak their minds to one another; they maintain an atmosphere of unreality, and everyone always lives in an atmosphere of suppressed ill-feeling.
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
Had the employers of past generations all of them dealt fairly with their employees there would have been no unions.
Love is like some fresh spring, first a stream and then a river, changing its aspect and its nature as it flows to plunge itself in some boundless ocean, where restricted natures only find monotony, but where great souls are engulfed in endless contemplation.
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.
For man's greatest crime is to have been born.
For workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work.
You can't permit a honeymoon of small changes over a year or two. A long series of small changes just prolongs the pain.
There's a sucker born every minute.
Beauty comes in all sizes - not just size 5.
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.
Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business.
A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.
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.
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.
Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
Have you noticed ... there is never any third act in a nightmare? They bring you to a climax of terror and then leave you there. They are the work of poor dramatists.
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.
I never sleep through a performance. I always make sure that I am awake for the intermission.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Life, you know, is rather like opening a tin of sardines. We're all of us looking for the key.
Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.
You only have to survive in England and all is forgiven you ... if you can eat a boiled egg at ninety in England they think you deserve a Nobel Prize.
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.
Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right things.
The only way many companies can attract and keep the best people is by offering them more than merely money or prestige - they offer them the chance to make history.
Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, not should they be.
All punishment is mischief: all punishment in itself is evil.
Accounting issues did not cause Enron's stock price to fall - its failed business model did.
All the pictures that hung in my memory before I knew you have faded and given place to our radiant moments together. Now I cannot live apart from you ... Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.
Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
If someone thinks they are being mistreated by us, they won't tell 5 people, they'll tell 5000.
The common question that gets asked in business is,why?That's a good question, but an equally valid question is,why not?
COMMERCE, n. A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E.
CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
When money talks, few are deaf.
Grand business plans are all very well, but nothing beats dipping your toe in the water.
In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
I do not regard the procuring of peace as a matter in which we should play the role of arbiter between different opinions ... more that of an honest broker who really wants to press the business forward.
Politics is the art of the possible.
The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common.
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green?
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.
Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.
Everyone is a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers, don't let their appearances fool you.
The one thing computers have done is let us make bigger mistakes. We have to be careful not to depend on our machines.
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.
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
A triviality is a statement whose opposite is false. However, a great truth is a statement whose opposite may well be another great truth.
The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
Doing the things we do now and doing them better, cheaper and faster will take us so far. But it will not take us far enough. We're going to have to do new things in new ways.
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble.
What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.
Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself - in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
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.
Those who won our independence ... believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business.
I believe in benevolent dictatorships, provided I am the dictator.
In a restless, creative business with an emphasis on experiment and development, ideas are the lifeblood.
No one has ever accused us of lagging behind. In fact, I am willing to turn an entire company upside down if it's time to do that. We're in perpetual evolution.
The kinds of people we employ are not afraid of taking risks. If someone mucks up, they don't get a bollocking from me. They know they've mucked up and they redouble their efforts.
We spend most of our lives working. So why do so few people have a good time doing it?
The finest plans are always ruined by the littleness of those who ought to carry them out, for the Emperor can actually do nothing.
The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't come out and those outside don't want to get in.
No coward soul is mine, no trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere; I see heaven's glories shine, and faith shines equal, arming me from fear.
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
I know that upon 4th of July, our 4th of July orators talk of Liberty, while three million of their own country men are groaning in abject Slavery. This is calledthe land of the free and the home of the brave; it is called theasylum of the oppressed; and some have been foolish enough to call it theCradle of Liberty.If it is thecradle of liberty,they have rocked the child to death. It is dead long since, and yet we talk about democracy and republicanism, while one-sixth of our countrymen are clanking their chains upon the very soil which our fathers moistened with their blood.
He is rich who hath enough to be charitable.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.
Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Whereas logic is the art of demonstrating truth, eloquence is the gift of winning over people's hearts and minds so that you may inspire them and persuade them in whatever way you choose.
The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.
Once thewhatis decided thehowalways follows. We must not make thehowan excuse for not facing and accepting thewhat.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
I don't pay attention to what the stock does. If the business does well, the stock eventually follows.
I've learned the perimeter of my circle of confidence.
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.
Take Wrigley's Chewing Gum. I don't think the Internet is going to change how people chew gum.
The attitude of disrespect that many executives have today for accurate reporting is a business disgrace. And auditors ... have done little on the positive side. Though auditors should regard the investing public as their client, they tend to kowtow instead to the managers who choose them and dole out their pay.
The fact that people will be full of greed, fear, or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.
The market will pay better to entertain than educate.
The true investor welcomes volatility ... a wildly fluctuating market means that irrationally low prices will periodically be attached to solid businesses.
The truly big investment idea can usually be explained in a short paragraph. We like a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people. When these attributes exist, and when we can make purchases at sensible prices, it is hard to go wrong.
Wall Street is the only place people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from people who take the subway.
Your goal as an investor ... to purchase, at a rational price, a part interest in an easily-understandable business whose earnings are virtually certain to be materially higher ... years from now. Over time, you will find only a few companies that meet these standards - so when you see one ... buy a meaningful amount of stock.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
If you are having as much fun running a big corporation as you did running a piece of it, then you are probably interfering too much with the people who really make it happen.
Watch how a man takes praise and there you have the measure of him.
A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love for ever.
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melodie
That's sweetly played in tune.
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
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.
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Home, Sweet Homemust surely have been written by a bachelor.
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
For Justice, though she's painted blind,
Is to the weaker side inclin'd,
Your brain is, indeed, a supreme example of, and is the ultimate, Internet.
'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction.
I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
Each man the architect of his own fate.
God has forgotten me.
IBM is like the Stepford Wives. It takes the best people from the best universities and colleges and then snips out some part of the brain so that they become mindless clones.
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune.
And finds, with keen discriminating sight,
Black's not so black; - nor white so very white.
Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet - perhaps may turn his blow!
But of all plagues, Good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, Oh, save me from the candid friend!
It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
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.
Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
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.
The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is what others think you are.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
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.
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.
That's the reason they're called lessons,the Gryphon remarked:because they lessen from day to day.
The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
Then you should say what you mean,the March Hare went on.I do,Alice hastily replied;at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know.Not the same thing a bit!said the Hatter.Why, you might just as well say that I see what I eat is the same thing as I eat what I see!
For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death.
Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.
Clothes are our weapons, our challenges, and our visible insult.
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.
Tax laws also benefit those who have the best lobbying efforts ... and the larger the corporations are, the smaller proportion they pay in taxes.
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.
If something pleasant happens to you, don't forget to tell it to your friends, to make them feel bad.
I say what I mean, you hear what I say. That is the end of it.
There are two ways to compete - in stable conditions, you plan and you compete on scale. In unstable times, you live by your wits.
Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness - its opposite - never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
I have always heard it said, that to do a kindness to clowns, is like throwing water into the sea.
Who reads much and walks much sees much and knows much.
Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist.
There are two parties involved in every corrupt transaction, typically a government official and a business person. Yet those who pay bribes are often depicted as innocent victims ... The reality is that both parties conspire to defraud the public.
Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
Words are so futile, so feeble.
Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beat us to it.
He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now, he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined, and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
When a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: if you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you'll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you'll eat yourself.
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.
Tea, although an Oriental,
Is a gentleman at least;
Cocoa is a cad and coward,
Cocoa is a vulgar beast.
When men stop believing in God they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything.
Heroes are not judged for their prowess in hunting and shooting tigers, but rather for their strength and ability to endure the humiliation of being pigs.
Everyone threw the blame on me ... they nearly always do. I suppose ... they think I shall be able to bear it best.
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
I would like to have been examined in history, poetry and writing essays. The examiners, on the other hand, were partial to Latin and mathematics. And their will prevailed ... I should have liked to be asked to say what I knew. They always tried to ask what I did not know.
Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.*
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
Victory has a hundred fathers, but no one wants to recognise defeat as his own.
Everything you reprove in another, you must carefully avoid in yourself.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
The sinews of war: unlimited money.
The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers and thermonuclear weapons.
In every era, society must strike the right balance between the freedom businesses need to compete for a market share and to make profits and the preservation of family and community values.
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.
'Tis better to have fought and lost,
Than never to have fought at all.
Though shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.
Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion ... produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Tact consists in knowing how far we may go too far.
I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top.
To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
Half of our mistakes in life arises from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
The more we ask, the more we have.
And, it is fair enough: asking is not always easy.
And it is said to be hard to accept ...
So no wonder we have so little.
A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.
Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
To be dilatory about giving orders, but to expect absolute punctuality, that is called being a tormentor.
When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
There is no hate without fear. Hate is crystallized fear, fear's dividend, fear objectivized. We hate what we fear and so where hate is, fear will be lurking. Thus we hate what threatens our person, our liberty, our privacy, our income, our popularity, our vanity and our dreams and plans for ourselves. If we can isolate this element in what we hate we may be able to cease from hating. Analyse in this way the hatred of ideas or of the kind of people whom we have once loved and whose faces are preserved in Spirits of Anger. Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them.
I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.
Accountants and market researchers may be brilliant at examining and analysing facts about the past, but they have no forward vision.
That's what I say about restaurants - the back part is manufacturing, the front part is retailing, the theatre is what holds the whole thing together.
Not a penny off the pay; not a minute on the day.
Better build schoolrooms forthe boy,
Than cells and gibbets forthe man.
If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Last night I dreamt I ate a ten-pound marshmallow. When I woke up the pillow was gone.
Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
The thing that best defines a child is the total inability to receive information from anything not plugged in.
The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.
Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Avoid fight or flight, talk through differences.
The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change.
I am no good at love
I betray it with little sins
For I feel the misery of the end
In the moment that it begins
And the bitterness of the last goodbye
Is the bitterness that wins.
I was delighted to see that you thought I was as good as I thought I was.
Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.
Adieu to Liberty! Adieu to Fame!
For other gifts, for softer joys I pine;
In one fair breast I wish a mutual flame,
In one fair breast alone to burn with mine.
I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.
The leader is not just a scorekeeper. He is responsible for creating something new and better.
Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow.
The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.
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.
For many businesses, the Internet is still a technology in search of a strategy.
Just aslocation, location, locationdefines value in real estate, in business today it's connectivity that equals competitiveness.
Money, it has been said, has two properties. It is flat so that it can be piled up. But it is also round so that it can circulate.
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Neglecting small things under the pretext of wanting to accomplish large ones is the excuse of a coward.
Running after women never hurt anybody - it's catching 'em that does the damage.
Girls scream, boys shout; dogs bark, school's out.
Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets ... If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles.
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
To my mind, a man must choose a wife for himself, without advice from anybody. As I said to Tony before he ever proposed to this girl: Make sure that she's good, and a lady, and healthy, and intelligent, and that she's going to get on with your friends and relations, and you with hers - and then, my dear boy, if you feel that you can afford to marry - then I suppose there's no help for it.
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.
Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not.
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.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
See how the rascals use me! They will not let my play run and yet they steal my thunder!
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Minds are like parachutes: they only function when they are open.
Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
You are a human boy, my young friend.
A human boy. O glorious to be a human boy! ...
O running stream of sparkling joy
To be a soaring human boy!
You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me. But if you would return a favourable answer to my offer of marriage, you could draw me to any good - every good - with equal force.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
A fair day's wage for a fair day's work.
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
A Father's Day would call attention to such constructive teachings from the pulpit as would naturally point out: The father's place in the home. The training of children. The safeguarding of the marriage tie. The protection of womanhood and childhood. The meaning of this, whether in the light of religion or of patriotism is so apparent as to need no argument in behalf of such a day.
Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
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.
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.
When dealing with complexity and uncertainty, trust and openness become critical.
Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education ever bestowed on me, the ability to think in quotations.
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.
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.
Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions. It deals with the future of present decisions.
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.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
My heart to thy heart,
My hand to thine,
My lips to thy lips,
Kisses are wine ...
If you look after the customers and look after the people who look after the customers, you should be successful.
Nice guys. Finish last.
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.
There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light,
And every kind of love makes a glory in the night.
There is love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest,
But the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
First get in, then get rich, then get respectable.
Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children and cut their own fingers.
People are the lifeblood of any airline, and it is the people of BA who will deliver its future success.
We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home, and the most to institutionalize him.
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
No organizational action has more power for motivating employee behavior change than feedback from credible work associates.
At any rate, I am convinced that He [God] does not play dice.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Failing is good as long as it doesn't become a habit.
I find that no matter how long a meeting goes on, the best ideas always come during the final five minutes, when people drop their guard and I ask them what they really think.
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.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me - no one else.
April is the cruellest month.
If we all were judged according to the consequences
Of all our words and deeds, beyond the intention
And beyond our limited understanding
Of ourselves and others, we should all be condemned.
I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!
Dance is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
We will ship them our garbage. We believe in full disclosure.
You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something.
A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
Character is higher than intellect ... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
What is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
It is difficulties that show what men are.
It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
Only the educated are free.
Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
There is noroyal roadto geometry.
Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.
An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame.
Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.
Contracts are agreements made up of big words and little type.
Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
When the meek inherit the earth, lawyers will be there to work out the deal.
To win against opponents, companies need strategies for three related tasks: outwitting, outmaneuvering, and outperforming competitors.
The decision to do that extra bit must be embedded in the company's culture.
Problem children tend to grow up into problem adults and problem adults tend to produce more problem children.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
There are many excuses for the persons who made the mistake of confounding money and wealth. Like many others they mistook the sign for the thing signified.
Roast Beef, Medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy.
Never give a sucker an even break.
Business shouldn't be like sports, separating the men from the women.
I realised that if you want to change something, nine times out of ten you can change it more effectively from within.
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.
Administrative purpose usually outruns the facts. Indeed the administrative official's ardor for facts usually begins when he wants to change the facts!
No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
We should never allow ourselves to be bullied by an either-or. There is often the possibility of something better than either of these two alternatives.
It is impossible to place all the world and one's father.
The stronger man's argument is always the best.
If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
The sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
To measure the man, measure his heart.
Growth is like creativity, it doesn't go along very neat, precise plans. You get clogged highways before you figure out a way to open up capacity. You get pollution before you figure out a way to fight it.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored.
A manufacturer is not through with his customer when a sale is completed. He has then only started with his customer.
Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Sometimes it is the menhigher upwho most need revamping - and they themselves are the last to recognize it.
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.
Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right.
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.
Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think is creation's.
Imitation lies at the root of most human actions. A respectable person is one who conforms to custom. People are called good when they do as others do.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes; men who like women never notice what they wear.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's beauty and simplicity.
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.
A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost.
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
God heals and the doctor takes the fees.
He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Remember that time is money.
The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology.
I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
All that matters is love and work.
Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.
Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
The real problem for any government coming to power is to control the civil servants. They will all explain why it is quite impossible to do things other than the way they are currently done.
Infantile love follows the principle:I love because I am loved.
Mature love follows the principle:I am loved because I love.
Immature love says:I love you because I need you.
Mature love says:I need you because I love you.
Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
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.
The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended - and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.
The world is full of willing people: some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
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.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Those who invest only to get rich will fail. Those who invest to help others will probably succeed.
A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
The salary of the chief executive of the large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.
Change is inevitable, but it is in us to control its content and directions.
It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
Opportunities are not offered; they must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance and tenacity, determination and courage.
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
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.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
You should be the change that you want to see in the world.
Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.... And when you realize the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
A little blindness is necessary when you undertake risk.
I'm not an educator ... I'm a learner.
If the 1980s were about quality and the 1990s were about reengineering, then the 2000s will be about velocity.
Passionate leadership won't succeed if contradictory signals are sent out.
Take our 20 best people away, and I will tell you that Microsoft would become an unimportant company.
The CEO's role in raising a company's corporate IQ is to establish an atmosphere that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration.
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.
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.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
It is practically impossible for a top management man, or even middle management, to be doing the degree and level of work that he should be doing and, at the same time, have a clean desk.
You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps ... If the president of a company has a clean desk ... then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
Four spectres haunt the Poor - Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.
My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
For, you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky,
Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.
I think a man is a business failure who lets his family life interfere with his business record ... business is no place for him.
If businessmen always made the right decisions, business wouldn't be business.
Praise should always be given in public, criticism should always be given in private.
The truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter, a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo.
It's the classic case of being at the party too early. Nobody was there yet and nobody had had a drink. By the time we got there, the party was raging.
Yesterday's success formula is often today's obsolete dogma ... We must continually challenge the past so that we can renew ourselves each day.
It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
[The] city of New York and the United States of America is much stronger than any group of barbaric terrorists, that our democracy, that our rule of law, that our strength and our willingness to defend ourselves will ultimately prevail.
There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
You can't fight against the future. Time is on our side.
Age does not make us childish, as they say. It only finds us true children still.
I believe people who think love prevents one from thinking clearly are wrong; for then one thinks very clearly and is more active than before. And love is something eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.
It is extremely important that you show some insensitivity to your past in order to show the proper respect for the future.
The world is first a Coke world, then an orange world, then a lemon-lime world.
You can only stumble if you're moving.
Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
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.
That rugged individualism that is the personification of our American sense of freedom, and which we celebrate on the Fourth of July and in our popular myths and heroes, also contributes to the breakdown of the social fabric that has always provided a secure context for our freedoms. Freedomfromhas not yet yielded to an appropriate freedomfor.
When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy: in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.
Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do.
Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.
If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Alas, regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come,
Nor care beyond to-day.
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
Everything is always impossible before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about - doing what people have told them is impossible.
Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
I believe in the value of paranoia. Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left.
Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
The essence of a company like Intel is execution and strategy. Intel, looked at in another way, is a three-legged stool. One leg is technology - design and silicon technology - another leg is manufacturing, and the third leg is marketing. Whenever Intel did well it was because the three legs were equal. Whenever one of those legs was shorter than the others, we wobbled.
The new environment dictates two rules; first everything happens faster; second, anything that can be done will be done, if not by you, then by someone else, somewhere.
You can't treat your people like an expense item.
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.
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.
The best number for a dinner party is two: myself and a damn good head waiter.
Bury your ego. Don't be the star. Be the star maker!
Failure is a learning experience. It can be a gravestone or a stepping stone.
Greed is even more contagious than fear.
When it's time to make a decision about a person or problem ... trust your intuition ... act.
You can increase your brain power three to fivefold simply by laughing and having fun before working on a problem.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.
No plagiarist can excuse the wrong by showing how much of his work he did not pirate.
I'm not an entrepreneur. I like rules too much and entrepreneurs break rules.
My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get.
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.
What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.
Never corner an opponent, and always assist him to save his face ... Avoid self-righteousness like the devil - there is nothing so self-blinding.
Change is an attitude of mind and the place to start is within ourselves.
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Keeping dreams alive and trying to make them come true is crucial in the watch business. We're in the business of selling emotional products.
Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
The sea has its pearls,
The heavens its stars,
I love you without question,
But my heart, my heart,
My heart has its love.
An expert is a man who knows some of the worst errors that can be made in the subject in question and who therefore understands how to avoid them.
People in the company are almost never fired ... they are encouraged to retire early or are eased aside into hollow, insignificant positions with fake functions and no authority where they are sheepish and unhappy for as long as they remain.
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind ... Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more.
I like a nice cup of tea in the morning,
For to start the day, you see,
And at half-past eleven
Well, my idea of Heaven
Is a nice cup of tea:
I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea,
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said
For a nice cup of tea.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's; she changes it more often.
In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
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.
It is only when a person has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
The market has no morality.
There are those who never stretch out the hand for fear it will be bitten. But those who never stretch out the hand will never feel it clasped in friendship.
A long line of cases shows that it is not merely of some importance, but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.
Others appear frozen in the headlights - aware of the likely impact, yet paralysed by the fear of major transformations.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience ... I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.
For extreme illnesses, extreme treatments are most fitting.
Life is short, [the] art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult.
If this is justice, I am a banana.
Success is power; because it maketh reputation of wisdom, or good fortune; which makes men either fear him or rely on him.
In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.
The realhavesare 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 realhave notsare 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.
Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
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.
To me success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success represents 1 per cent of your work which results from the 99 per cent that is called failure.
I love thee - I love thee,
'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine!
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.
A man has his clothes made to fit him; a woman makes herself fit her clothes.
In the not too distant future the notion of the annual pay increase must become as exceptional as it was novel a generation ago.
Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support, and opens the way to wealth, honor, and happiness.
A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
If your religion does not change you, then you should change your religion.
Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Distant relatives are the best kind, and the further the better.
Nobody ever fergits where he buried a hatchet.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
He never wants anything but what's right and fair; only when you come to settle what's right and fair, it's everything that he wants and nothing that you want. And that's his idea of a compromise.
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.
I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men, and his aversion to lean ones.
The best taxes are such as are levied upon consumptions, especially those of luxury ... They seem, in some measure, voluntary; since a man may chuse how far he will use the commodity which is taxed.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
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.
I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything.
Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
The Japanese are masters at making you peel the onion. You get through one layer and you are looking at another one just like it.
Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it.
Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.
I think middle age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.
The real impediment to producing a higher-quality product more efficiently isn't the workers, union or nonunion, it's management.
One man with courage makes a majority.
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge.
A new type of woman arises. She is called a career woman. A man is never a career man. That is his right and privilege. But the woman is called career woman because hercareer... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web ... suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.
As for myself, I know what trouble I've given you at various times through my peculiarities, and as my own boys grow up, I shall learn more and more of the kind of trial you had to overcome in superintending the development of a creature different from yourself, for whom you felt responsible.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
When women ask for equality, men take them to be demanding domination.
I find that pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
I found that there were these incredibly great people at doing certain things, and you couldn't replace one of these people with 50 average people. They could just do stuff that no number of average people could do.
We have a very simple, clear organization. It's very easy to know who has authority for what, who has responsibility for what. There's no politics about it, they're virtually politics-free organizations.
When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something ... That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
All knowledge is of itself of some value. There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable, that I would not rather know it than not.
Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
In civilised society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you the most.
Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
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.
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.
Greatness of name in the father oft-times helps not forth but over-whelms the son; they stand too near one another, the shadow kills the growth. So much, that we see the grandchild come more and oftener to be heir.
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
If you're not happy with yourself, how can you make the customer happy?
If we are to be more prosperous we need more millionaires and more bankrupts.
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
It is better to debate a question without deciding it than to decide it without debate.
Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
What did it for me? It wasn't my education or experience. It was my passion.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Mistakes are, after all, the foundation of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.
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.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
A child is owed the greatest respect; if you ever have something disgraceful in mind, don't ignore your son's tender years.
Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it.
Act only on that maxim which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
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.
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.
There's nothing more demoralizing than having nobody notice good performance ... the successful culture is one that provides constant recognition and applause. At the same time, it breeds a restless dissatisfaction that keeps you challenging yourself to a higher and higher performance.
To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.
You can always buy something in English, you can't always sell something in English.
One of our greatest gifts is our intuition. It is a sixth sense we all have - we just need to learn to tap into and trust it.
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
Leadership is not about being nice. It's about being right and being strong.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness;
Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
Love in a hut, with water and a crust,
Is - Love, forgive us! - cinders, ashes, dust;
Love in a palace is perhaps at last
More grievous torment than a hermit's fast.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced ... even a proverb is no proverb till your life has illustrated it.
Customers provide you with the most accurate barometer of what's right and wrong.
The more time I spend with our people, the more I find out about our business.
Under the hypnosis of war hysteria, with a pusillanimous Congress rubber-stamping every whim of the White House, we passed the withholding tax.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.
He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the faultfinding of men.
I feel sorry for those who live without competition ... fat, dumb, and unhappy in cradle-to-grave security.
If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
The purpose of a university is to make students safe for ideas - not ideas safe for students.
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
I don't like to hire consultants. They're like castrated bulls: all they can do is advise.
I don't suffer fools, and I like to see fools suffer.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
I have a dream 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.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
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.
Being kissed by a man who didn't wax his moustache was - like eating an egg without salt.
Each in his place, by right, not grace,
Shall rule his heritage -
The men who simply do the work
For which they draw the wage.
I keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I know)
are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
The difference between a leader and a boss is the difference between good and bad management.
Our vision controls the way we think and, therefore, the way we act ... the vision we have of our jobs determines what we do and the opportunities we see or don't see.
True creativity often starts where language ends.
Good customers are an asset which, when well managed and served, will return a handsome lifetime income stream for the company.
Ours is not so much an age of vulgarity as of vulgarization; everything is tampered with or touched up, or adulterated or watered down, in an effort to make it palatable, in an effort to make it pay.
Haute Couture should be fun, foolish, and almost unwearable.
I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.
A child's a plaything for an hour.
Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms
Inside your head, and people in them, acting.
People you know, yet can't quite name.
Observing your own and your competitor's successes and failures makes your inner business voice more sure and vivid.
The more you talk and listen to a bad character the more you lose your dislike for him.
Business today is about making decisions amid ambiguity.
Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
I understand, of course, that many people find smoking objectionable. That is their right. I would, I assure you, be the very last to criticize the annoyed. I myself find many - even most - things objectionable. Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one's home. I do not like aftershave lotion, adults who roller-skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. I do not, however, go around enacting legislation and putting up signs. In private I avoid such people; in public they have the run of the place. I stay at home as much as possible, and so should they. When it is necessary, however, to go out of the house, they must be prepared, as I am, to deal with the unpleasant personal habits of others. That is whatpublicmeans.
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
As usual, there's a great woman behind every idiot.
I once said cynically of a politician,He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
The man who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell
Will not make as many dollars
As the man who climbs the tree and hollers!
We sometimes take for granted the freedom and power of independent thought and action. And only after it's been compromised, do we fully realize how fundamental it is to the pursuit of economic opportunity.
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.
Creativity is thinking new things. Innovation is doing new things.
If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.
Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in.
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.
Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
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.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
He who would make serious use of his life must always act as though he had a long time to live and must schedule his time as though he were about to die.
I've found that when it came to doing something I loved and fighting for it, things worked out. If you're going to kill yourself to develop something, you've got to enjoy it.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.
Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted;
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.
The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows.
When you ask one friend to dine,
Give him your best wine!
When you ask two,
The second best will do!
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.
When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground, and swish my tail.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
He was the consummate politician. He didn't lie, neither did he tell the truth.
It is a characteristic of committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection differs violently from every other member's recollection.
In business a reputation for keeping absolutely to the letter and spirit of an agreement, even when it is unfavorable, is the most precious of assets, although it is not entered in the balance sheet.
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.
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.
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.
If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
I don't believe in principles. Principles are only excuses for what we want to think or what we want to do.
I grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters. I did all I could do to really stand out and that nurtured a lot of confidence and drive and ambition.
Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
Age is other things too. It is wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly. It is experience and knowledge. And it is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over.
It is not impossibilities which fill us with deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
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.
Freedom is a more complex and delicate thing than force. It is not as simple to live under as force is.
For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?
Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.
We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
In England, Justice is open to all, like the Ritz hotel.
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter ... a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Big things and little things are my job. Middle level management can be delegated.
The tail tracks the head. If the head moves fast the tail will keep up the same pace. If the head is sluggish, the tail will drop.
I'm not the manager because I'm always right, but I'm always right because I'm the manager.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
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?
People ask you for criticism but they only want praise.
People often feed the hungry so that nothing may disturb their own enjoyment of a good meal.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.
The only thing experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing.
People never care how much you know until they know how much you care.
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.
Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
If new ideas are the lifeblood of any thriving organization ... managers must learn to revere, not merely tolerate, the people who come up with the ideas.
If you aren't afraid to fail, then you probably don't care enough about success.
Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and only the pig enjoys himself.
We seriously undervalue the passion ... a person brings to an enterprise. You can rent a brain, but you can't rent a heart.
An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity with an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
We 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.
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.
Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.
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.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make a better soup.
It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
There's a feast undated, yet
Both our true lives hold it fast,
Even the day when first we met.
What a great day came and passed,
Unknown then but known at last.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
A child's spirit is like a child, you cannot catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.
A salesman has got to dream, boy, it comes with the territory.
Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
(That last infirmity of noble mind)
To scorn delights, and live laborious days.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
A leader has to be one of two things: he either has to be a brilliant visionary himself, a truly creative strategist, in which case he can do what he likes and get away with it; or else he has to be a true empowerer who can bring out the best in others.
Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet 'em on your way down.
Allow me, then, Mademoiselle, to place today on the altar of your charms, the offering of my heart, which aspires to and strives after no other glory than for the rest of its life to be, Mademoiselle your very humble, very obedient and very faithful servant and husband.
Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses.
I treat everything as a learning experience; then you become detached from the result and more interested in the experience itself.
It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
The thing I fear most is fear.
An author is a fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on boring future generations.
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream.
Trifles make the sum of human things,
And half our misery from our foibles spring.
If the parties will at my hands call for justice, then, all were it my father stood on the one side, and the devil on the other, his cause being good, the devil should have right.
High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.
Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
Show me the man who has enjoyed his schooldays and I will show you a bully and a bore.
No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.
Restaurants have this in common with ladies: the best are often not the most enjoyable, nor the grandest the most friendly, and the pleasures of the evening are frequently spoiled by the writing of an exorbitant cheque.
It has to be admitted that we English have sex on the brain, which is a very unsatisfactory place to have it.
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
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.
Monopoly is a terrible thing, till you have it.
We're not going global because we want to or because of any megalomania, but because it's really necessary.
Human resources are the greatest assets of any company. You can raise tariffs or prevent MNCs from entering, but one can't stop the employees from leaving if they are dissatisfied.
I do not really understand the stock market.
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.
You do not have to be the son of a rich man to be an entrepreneur. Today kids are far more willing to take risks because they've seen high rewards.
Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.
Experience! Wise men do not need it.
Experience! Idiots do not heed it.
One would be in less danger
From the wiles of the stranger
If one's own kin and kith
Were more fun to be with.
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.
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.
If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
When a woman is wearing shorts her charms are enlarged without being enhanced.
No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this -devoted and obedient.This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.
There are interesting failures. There are prestige failures, and there are financial failures, but this is the sort of failure that gives failures a bad name.
Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
The press is the enemy.
Middle age is when, wherever you go on holiday, you pack a sweater.
Never apologize, mister. It's a sign of weakness.
Everywhere I go I am asked if university stifles writers. My opinion is that it doesn't stifle enough of them.
I feel these days like a very large flamingo. No matter what way I turn, there is always a very large bill.
The most important thing I would learn in school was that almost everything I would learn in school would be utterly useless.
Show me a man who enjoys firing people and I'll show you a charlatan or sadist.
Truly great brands are far more than just labels for products; they are symbols that encapsulate the desires of consumers; they are standards that are held aloft under which the masses congregate.
Bureaucratic time ... slower than geologic time but more expensive than time spent with Madame Claude's girls in Paris.
Dating is a social engagement with the threat of sex at its conclusion.
Do not assume more variables than necessary.
A chairman who never wanders about his agency becomes a hermit, out of touch with his staff.
Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.
If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.
In business as on the battlefield, the object of strategy is to bring about the condition most favorable to one's own side.
In Japan, organizations and people in the organization are synonymous.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
I'm fat, but I'm thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there's a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there's a statue inside every block of stone?
Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
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.
Anyone can build market share and, if you set your prices low enough, you can get the whole damn market.
We have a technique at Hewlett-Packard for helping managers and supervisors know their people and understand the work their people are doing ... Management by Walking About.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
There are only two kinds of men: those righteous who believe themselves sinners; the other sinners who believe themselves righteous.
People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
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.
We strive to be Number One ... But win or lose, it is the competition which gives us pleasure.
Given the natural differences between human beings, equality is an ethical aspiration that cannot be realized without recourse either to despotism or to an act of fraternity.
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
Misquotation is ... the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.
Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
For the whole Earth is the Sepulchre of famous men; and their story is not graven only on Stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement. All the neighbors know she's there, but nobody wants to talk about her.
Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at becoming incompetent.
If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
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.
The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.
The common wisdom is that ... managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense. Employees bring their own motivation.
Winners are people who have fun - and produce results as a result of their zest.
You have a responsibility to shape the vision of a company, and you know whatever process you choose will determine ultimately the well-being of the organization.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
The child's first year of life is unfortunately still an abyss of mysteries for the psychologist.
When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael: it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.
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.
Quality is not a thing. It is an event.
What I say is thatjustorrightmeans nothing but what is in the interest of the stronger party.
Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same income.
Physicians acquire their knowledge from our dangers, making experiments at the cost of our lives.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
We loved with a love that was more than love.
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream ...
All that you see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.
Women are becoming enormously successful ... They're running their businesses on what we call a familial model, a family, instead of a hierarchical top-down military model. They work with, not over or for.
All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Coffee, (which makes the politician wise, and see thro' all things with his half-shut eyes).
Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never Is, but always To be blest.
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
I'm not afraid of life and I'm not afraid of death: Dying's the bore.
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.
Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of values.
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
I remember, I remember
How my childhood fleeted by, -
The mirth of its December
And the warmth of its July.
And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
In an examination those who do not wish to know ask questions of those who cannot tell.
The person who knowshowwill always have a job. The person who knowswhywill always be his boss.
A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
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.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans.
Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
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.
Sing in the tones of prayer,
Sing till the soaring soul
Shall float above the world's control
In Freedom everywhere!
Sing for the good that is to be,
Sing for the eyes that are to see
The land where man at last is free,
O sing for Liberty!
The customer is never wrong.
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.
Do not delegate an assignment and then attempt to manage it yourself - you will make an enemy of the overruled subordinate.
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.
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?
By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
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.
Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
I don't make jokes; I just watch the government and report the facts.
Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.
Where the character is not great, there is no great man ... Never mind success. It is a question of being great, not seeming it.
It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
There is no indispensable man.
Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.
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.
It is hard to fail; but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em,Certainly I can!Then get busy and find out how to do it.
For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.
We find it easy to believe that praise is sincere: why should anyone lie in telling us the truth?
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
If we take the term in the strict sense, there never has been a real democracy, and there never will be. It is against the natural order for the many to govern and the few to be governed.
Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.
A bachelor gets tangled up with a lot of women in order to avoid getting tied up by one.
A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.
When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that theydon't understandone another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.
To be a leader in this new economy, you have to love risk - which means patterning your life on the heroic, not on the strategic. Acting boldly is better than acting knowingly.
I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
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.
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.
It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.
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.
There is always a multitude of reasons both in favour of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them.
To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
Children are given us to discourage our better emotions.
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.
Behind all its global responsibilities and impersonal style banking is still apeople business... it may be the most personal business of all for it always depends on the original concept of credit, meaning trust.
Even children learn in growing up thatbothis not an admissible answer to a choice ofwhich one?
Profits are the lifeblood of the economic system, the magic elixir upon which progress and all good things depend ultimately. But one man's lifeblood is another man's cancer.
The consumer, so it is said, is the king ... each is a voter who uses his money as votes to get the things done that he wants done.
Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything. Men, it's the only thing!
Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing.
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!
You can never be an entrepreneur if you're afraid to lose money. It's like being a pilot who is afraid of bad weather.
Malice is of a low stature, but it hath very long arms.
Contract: an agreement that is binding on the weaker party.*
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
Father's Day was comical in part because fathers seemed so out of place or uncomfortable in this holiday world of sentimental gifts and domestic flattery. Thelittle remembrancesof flowers, cards, and novelties became funny when showered on Father; they opened up a line of humor that played on the gendered incongruities of holiday gift giving. As one editorial writer on the holiday put the matter in 1925, fathers have 'no talent for the fribbles and frabbles and furbelows with which Mother signalizes well-being.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; the same is true of fame.
People who are successful simply want it more than people who are not.
Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.
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.
One can't say that figures lie. But figures, as used in financial arguments, seem to have the bad habit of expressing a small part of the truth forcibly, and neglecting the other part, as do some people we know.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.
O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!
No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration - of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.
Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Instead of giving contracts to strangers, we decided we could just as well give contracts to our own employees. We would encourage them to leave ... and start their own satellite enterprises.
He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.
Lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty; the difficulty comes from lack of confidence.
Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Quality control was treated as a fad here, but it's been part of the Japanese business philosophy for decades. That's why they laugh at us.
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.
In a dream you are never eighty.
A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind,
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.
He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends.
I 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.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
Oh! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.
When the sea was calm, all boats alike
Show'd mastership in floating.
When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools:
Why, 'tis a happy thing
To be the father unto many sons.
Information is like an oyster. It has its greatest value when it is fresh.
Positive feedback makes the strong grow stronger and the weak grow weaker.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
What God hath joined together no man shall ever put asunder; God will take care of that.
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
You see things as they are and ask,Why?I dream things as they never were and ask,Why not?
Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
It's better to be the head of a chicken than the tail of a cow.
Leadership is the process of achieving a dream together, especially when that dream seems impossible to achieve.
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.
Whenever we have compromised on our principles, we and our customers have been the losers.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
A complex decision is like a great river, drawing from its many tributaries the innumerable premises of which it is constituted.
The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth - all that is illusion.
Money isn't what motivates entrepreneurs; it is acknowledgement - a craving for your ideas to be acknowledged.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
Of all business activities, 99% are routine ... The entire 100% can be handled by managing the 1% of exceptions.
The family - that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape.
Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.
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.
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.
Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
Administrators are cheap and easy to find and cheap to keep. Leaders - risk takers: they are in very short supply. And ones with vision are pure gold.
Going to marry her! Impossible! You mean a part of her; he could not marry her all himself ... There is enough of her to furnish wives for a whole parish ... You might people a colony with her; or give an assembly with her; or perhaps take your morning's walk round her, always provided there were frequent resting-places, and you were in rude health.
One evil in old age is that as your time is come you think every little illness is the beginning of the end. When a man expects to be arrested every knock at the door is an alarm.
You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom and data is the knowledge.
As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
Financial markets ... resent any kind of government interference but they hold a belief deep down that if conditions get really tough the authorities will step in.
I am cautious about going against the herd. I am liable to be trampled on.
If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
You see yourself as a good product that sits on a shelf and sells well, and people make a lot of money out of you.
We often say a speaker needs no introduction: what most of them need is a conclusion. In my view, an after-dinner speech - and I've experienced 40,000 of them - needs a good beginning, a good ending, and not much space in between.
I dream for a living.
Fear cannot be without some hope nor hope without some fear.
Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of.
I recommend you to take care of the minutes for the hours will take care of themselves.
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Never make concessions.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
Writing, when properly managed (as you may be sure, I think mine is), is but a different name for conversation.
I suppose flattery hurts no one - that is, if he doesn't inhale.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.
A diplomat ... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
I loathe people who keep dogs. They're cowards who have not got the guts to bite people themselves.
The priority in life is to keep an eye on the business and not to get lured into the high social life with groupie-type poseurs who wish to be seen with the new blue-eyed boy.
There are three things I always forget. Names, faces, and - the third I can't remember.
Freedom of the press in Britain means freedom to print such of the proprietor's prejudices as the advertisers don't object to.
'Tis an old maxim in the schools,
That Vanity's the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to taste a bit.
There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
If you can't change your fate change your attitude.
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
And blessings on the falling out
That all the more endears,
When we fall out with those we love
And kiss again with tears!
For Man is man and master of his fate.
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Tomorrow 'ill be the happiest time of all
the glad New-year;
Of all the glad New-year, mother, the
maddest merriest day;
For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother,
I'm to be Queen o' the May.
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
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.
Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
But, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
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.
The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Get to know your people. What they do well, what they enjoy doing, what their weaknesses and strengths are, and what they want and need to get from their job.
If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Nobody should be chief executive officer of anything for more than five or six years. By then he's stale, bored, and utterly dependent upon his own cliches.
One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure.
No manufacturing company will ever do well if they are concerned only with calculating profits.
The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
If you don't have passion ... you might as well give up ... you have no chance of making it. Passion is the essence of life, and certainly the essence of success.
My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward. I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.
Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
If you have an olive, you want an olive tree. You want a little more. You want the whole tree.
The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You're not born to give. You're born selfish.
I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
Ah well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His work must be contemplated with respect.
Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
I have never taken any exercise, except for sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Exercise is loathsome.
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.
It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.
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.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
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.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
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.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say,We did this ourselves.
A terrace nine stories high rises from a handful of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet.
Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
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.
Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
The general who wins a battle makes many calculations ... here the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few to defeat.
The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
We used to have lots of questions to which there were no answers. Now, with the computer, there are lots of answers to which we haven't thought up the questions.
Whoever wants to accomplish great things must devote to a lot of profound thought to details.
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.
I didn't realize it then, but everything I ever needed to know about selling I was learning at my kitchen table: I was learning how to identify, find, and keep customers.
I like to dress egos.
You will find as the children grow up that as a rule children are a bitter disappointment - their greatest object being to do precisely what their parents do not wish and have anxiously tried to prevent.
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
Never have children, only grandchildren.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
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.
Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.
Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.
My prayer to God is a very short one:O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.God has granted it.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
I got my start by giving myself a start.
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.
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.
We learned from everybody else's book and added a few pages of our own.
Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
There is no human failure greater than to launch a profoundly important endeavour and then leave it half done.
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
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.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
An environment which calls for perfection is not likely to be easy. But aiming for it is always good for progress.
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.
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.
Look, you can take anything away from IBM ... but leave our people and this business will re-create itself overnight.
There aren't any categories of problems here. There's just one problem. Some of us aren't paying enough attention to our customers.
You cannot be a success in any business without believing that it is the greatest business in the world ... You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
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.
Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called inbreeding, from which comes idiot children and more lawyers.
Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.
However many people complain about thered tape, it would be sheer illusion to think for a moment that continuous administrative work can be carried out except by means of officials working in offices ... The choice is only that between bureaucracy and dilettantism in the field of administration.
I don't like the word empowerment. I think the word we're really talking about is involvement ... We want everyone to have a say.
Insecure managers create complexity.
The point of work-out is to give people better jobs. When people see that their ideas count, their dignity is raised. Instead of feeling numb, like robots, they feel important.
When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.
A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought.
Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
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?
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
Be careful to choose your enemies well. Friends don't much matter. But the choice of enemies is very important.
Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Examinations are of no value whatsoever. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
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.
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.
I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations with myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
I only care to see doctors when I am in perfect health; then they comfort one, but when one is ill they are most depressing.
Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Next to having a staunch friend is the pleasure of having a brilliant enemy.
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.
One should always play fairly - when one has the winning cards.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.
There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
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.
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.
When I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it.
Young men want to be faithful and are not; old men want to be faithless and are not.
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; and now I have six children, and no theories.
If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.
My own success was attended by quite a few failures along the way. But I refused to make the biggest mistake of all: worrying too much about making mistakes.
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.
The most successful people are those who take pride in their work, pride in their family ... It is great to attain wealth, but money is really just one way - and hardly the best way - to keep score.
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.
Not everyone is capable of being a C.E.O. It means you don't get to pal around with all your employees and that you leave the sorority/fraternity approach to life behind, and you take on a role that is, in some respects, lonely.
Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.
I believe in my own possibilities, and I feel I can do it all.
I was like a hit album waiting to be released. I knew my day would come.
If money is your motivation, forget it.
The greatest contribution you can make to women's rights, is to be the absolute ... best at what you do.
Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
Slice him where you like, a hellhound is always a hellhound.
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.
Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over - it is now!
One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about.
Hindsight gives everyone perfect vision.
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
A few yes men may be born, but mostly they are made. Fear is a great breeder of them.
Real salesmen stick until the buyer has used up his lastNo.
When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.
They have this wonderful process of learning from direct experience calledAfter 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.
When you retire ... you go from who's who to who's that, like stepping off the pier (or) achieving statutory senility.
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.
O body swayed to music,
O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
Think naught a trifle, though it small appear;
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.
Now she's on a diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn't lost any weight. But she can climb a tree!
When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
The three grades of character are superior, medium and inferior: the superior is just good, the medium is capable of development either in an upward or a downward direction, and the inferior is just evil.
If you want to understand entrepreneurs, you have to study the psychology of the juvenile delinquent. They don't have the same anxiety triggers that we have.
A land without a people for a people without a land.
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.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become (by achieving your goals).
You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.