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I don't have a drink problem except when I can't get one.
I got my start by giving myself a start.
There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.
Every man dies, not every man really lives.
I have brought you to the ring, now dance the best you can!
And as pale sickness does invade, Your frailer part, the breaches made, In that fair lodging still more clear, Make the bright guest, your soul, appear.
Could we forbear dispute and practise love, We should agree as angels do above.
How small a part of time they share, That are so wondrous sweet and fair!
Sir, we poets never succeed so well in writing truth as in fiction.
We need a can-do, vibrant, innovation-driven culture. Not wearing a tie is just a snippet of that.
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.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
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.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.
Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.
Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
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.
You may fill your heads with knowledge or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing.
I am just going. Have me decently buried; and don't let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead. Do you understand?
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.
It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.
'Tis well, 'Tis well.
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.
If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
There aren't any categories of problems here. There's just one problem. Some of us aren't paying enough attention to our customers.
Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.
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.
Beware of writing to me. I always answer ... My father spent the last 20 years of his life writing letters. If someone thanked him for a wedding present, he thanked them for thanking him and there was no end to the exchange but death.
News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.
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.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.
I can't say with certitude.
If we all say the same thing, then I think the government has to listen. But because no one is saying it, I become singled out, even though what I'm saying is common sense. It's very essential values that we all have to protect. But in Chinese society, people are giving up on protecting these values.
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 only ideas that count areAideas. There is no second place. That means we have to get everybody in the organization involved. If you do that right, the best ideas will rise to the top.
The point of work-out is to give people better jobs. When people see that their ideas count, their dignity is raised. Instead of feeling numb, like robots, they feel important.
When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.
There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
My rule is always to do the business of the day in the day.
A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
Go away. I'm all right.
If we don't end war, war will end us.
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.
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
George Bush doesn't care about black people.
I'm going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!
Come up and see me sometime.
Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.
Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
Sex is emotion in motion.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
When I'm bad I'm even better.
I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
Don't ask if - ask which.
Don't sell the steak; sell the sizzle. It is the sizzle that sells the steak and not the cow, although the cow is, of course, mighty important.
Don't think so much about what you want to say as about what the prospect wants to hear - then the response you will get will more often be the one you are aiming for.
Don't write - telegraph!
Say it with flowers.
Watch your bark!
I am not arguing with you - I am telling you.
Leave me alone. I'm fine.
There ought to be more grants that go to people in their late twenties and early thirties. That's a crucial age, although it's very hard to judge who is worth supporting and who is not. Looking back on my own life, I see that was the period when I was closest to giving up as a novelist and when I most needed some encouragement.
If you make a living, if you earn your own money, you're free - however free one can be on this planet.
Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net.
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?
As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.
When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes.
After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar, and often convincing.
As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
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.
Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.
By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Divorces are made in heaven.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
England never appreciates a poet until he is dead.
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 is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
I can believe in anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
I can resist everything except temptation.
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.
If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it in conversation.
In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
In the old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But ... it is better to be good than to be ugly.
It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiassed opinion is always absolutely valueless.
Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Mrs. Allonby: They say, Lady Hunstanton, that when good Americans die they go to Paris.
Lady Hunstanton: Indeed? And when bad Americans die, where do they go to?
Lord Illingworth: Oh, they go to America.
My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.
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 can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
One should always play fairly - when one has the winning cards.
One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.
The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
The only difference between a saint and a sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
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.
Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease.
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
Those whom the Gods hate die old.
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil one must mix with one's vinegar.
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.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us find ourselves looking up at the stars.
When I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it.
When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know that it is.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself; and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
Where will it all end? Half the world does not believe in God, and the other half does not believe in me.
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.
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
Carpe per diem.
Seize the check.
It is a terrible thing for an old woman to outlive her dogs.
Balding is God's way of showing you are only human ... he takes the hair off your head and sticks it in your ears.
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.
Remember, a person who wins success may have been counted out many times before. He wins because he refuses to give up.
Sometimes the first step is the hardest: coming up with an idea. Coming up with an idea should be like sitting on a pin - it should make you jump up and do something.
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.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
I am ready.
I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!
If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.
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.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils.
There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.
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.
I know - I'm just a son of a bitch.
I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret.
Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.
Nothing recedes like success.
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.
You have to surround yourself with people you trust, and people that are good. But they also have to be people who will tell the emperor you have no clothes.
I had parents who believed I could do anything - and I know how that made me feel. I think both my parents, having careers in the medical profession, feel they are helping people on a daily basis, and that was inculcated in me as a value. I had to struggle with giving up the idea of becoming a doctor myself.
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.
By age forty you were either making a million a year or you were timid and incompetent.
Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over - it is now!
I can train any dog in five minutes. It's training the owner that takes longer.
I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love.
I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior. I have let you down. I have let down my fans.
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.
Fundamentalists never wonder why, if herpes is sent bygodto scourgeadulterers,whooping cough and measles weren't purposely created to lambaste children.
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
I have no prefix or adjective for my anarchism. I think syndicalism can work, as can free-market anarcho-capitalism, anarcho-communism, even anarcho-hermits, depending on the situation. But I do have a strong individualist streak. Just plain anarchism-against government and authority-is what I'm for.
If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.
It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.
The very god who, according to those who believe in him, made every last electron spin in its orbit everywhere throughout the universe, still cannot write a clear, unmistakable volume of instructions to human beings who are supposed to follow his wisdom.
I feel certain that I'm going mad again. I feel we can't go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices.
One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
Hindsight gives everyone perfect vision.
Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
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.
Jugment comes from experience - and experience comes from bad judgment.
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.
Sometimes it's hard to be a woman giving all your love to just one man.
Stand by your man. Give him two arms to cling to and something warm to come to.