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  Ability (12)
The leader ... is rarely the brightest person in the group. Rather, they have extraordinary taste, which makes them more curators than creators. They are appreciators of talent and nurturers of talent and they have the ability to recognize valuable ideas.
Warren Bennis

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Phillips Brooks

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

I have discovered few learning disabled students in my three decades of teaching. I have, however, discovered many, many victims of teaching inabilities.
Marva Collins

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

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
Elbert Hubbard

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.
Steve Jobs

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
Karl Marx

The ultimate power of a successful general staff lies, not in the brilliance of its individual members, but in the cross-fertilisation of its collective abilities.
Reg Revans

I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw

The price of ability does not depend on merit but on supply and demand.
George Bernard Shaw

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
Alfred North Whitehead

  Absolutely (1)
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
John Dalberg-Acton

  Acceptance (1)
The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change.
Stephen R. Covey

  Accomplishment (18)
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

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

By the time we've made it, we've had it.
Malcolm Forbes

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

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Anne Frank

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.

Benjamin Franklin

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
Vincent van Gogh

People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
Edmund Hillary

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

The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
Dwight Morrow

I wouldn't be human if I didn't feel pride and something that transcends pride ... humility.
J. C. Penney

Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments add lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
Philip Stanhope

I shall be like that tree, I shall die at the top.
Jonathan Swift

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
Donald Trump

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
Mark Twain

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

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.
C. J. Walker

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.
Sam Walton

  Accountant (5)
[Accountancy is] a profession whose idea of excitement is sharpening a bundle of No. 2 pencils.
Anonymous

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

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

Accountants are the witch-doctors of the modern world and willing to turn their hands to any kind of magic.
Charles Harman

The accountants have told me that I can have one foot in Jersey, my left earlobe in the Isle of Man, and my right foot in Zurich and pay little or no tax, but ... I will not be running away to the South of France.
Alan Sugar

  Accuracy (4)
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.
Warren Buffett

Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time.
Malcolm Forbes

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
Adlai Stevenson

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
Mark Twain

  Achievement (37)
The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
Muhammad Ali

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

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

Every man who is high up loves to feel that he has done it himself; and the wife smiles, and let's it go at that. It's our only joke. Every woman knows that.
J. M. Barrie

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
Bruce Barton

It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
Henry Ward Beecher

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.
Robert Benchley

There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Napoléon Bonaparte

Every step you take, is a step away from where you used to be.
Brian Chargualaf

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

Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best.
Marva Collins

Your attitude determines your altitude.
Stephen R. Covey

Yes, I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.
Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anytime you have a fiercely-competitive, change-oriented growth business where results count and merit matters, women will rise to the top.
Carly Fiorina

How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Anne Frank

Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Dag Hammarskjöld

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.
Eric Hoffer

Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.
John XXIII

People are ambitious and unrealistic. They set targets for themselves that are higher than what you would set for them. And because they set them, they hit them.
Liisa Joronen

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
Helen Keller

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Nelson Mandela

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

Winners are people who have fun - and produce results as a result of their zest.
Tom Peters

Happiness ... lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife.
Theodore Roosevelt

The primary cause of success in life is the ability to set and achieve goals. That's why the people who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those who do. You either work to achieve your own goals or you work to achieve someone else's goals.
Brian Tracy

If you're going to be thinking only one thing, you might as well be thinking big.
Donald Trump

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
Donald Trump

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

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

Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Woodrow Wilson

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

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

  Acknowledgement (1)
Money isn't what motivates entrepreneurs; it is acknowledgement - a craving for your ideas to be acknowledged.
Reuben Singh

  Acquisitions (2)
The big danger in mega-mergers is that they are seen as a mating of dinosaurs.
Peter Bonfield

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

  Action (43)
This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it. Nobody realized Everybody wouldn't do it. In the end, Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody asked Anybody.
Anonymous

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
Marcus Aurelius

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

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

One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over ... your problem won't improve with age.
Warren Buffett

We do not need, and indeed never will have, all the answers before we act ... It is often through taking action that we can discover some of them
Charlotte Bunch

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
George Washington Burnap

Every step you take, is a step away from where you used to be.
Brian Chargualaf

Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
Winston Churchill

First things first, second things never.
Shirley Conran

When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment, or the moment defines you.
Kevin Costner

Action may not always bring happiness ... but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

Leadership is practiced, not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold Geneen

Preach! Write! Act! Do any thing, save to lie down and die!
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Never confuse movement with action.
Ernest Hemingway

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

While we're talking, envious time is fleeing; seize the day, put no trust in the future.
Horace

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley

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

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

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

We sometimes take for granted the freedom and power of independent thought and action. And only after it's been compromised, do we fully realize how fundamental it is to the pursuit of economic opportunity.
Arthur Levitt

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

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

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

Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.
George Moore

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

Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously successful people and thinking they are where they are because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily successful people have over the average person is their ability to get themselves to take action.
Anthony Robbins

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

There is always a multitude of reasons both in favour of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them.
Mark Rutherford

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

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
George Bernard Shaw

We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

In government it is order that matters; In action it is timeliness that matters.
Lao Tzu

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

My rule is always to do the business of the day in the day.
Arthur Wellesley

All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
Alexander Woollcott

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Lin Yutang

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

  Adaptation (4)
The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers and thermonuclear weapons.
Arthur C. Clarke

Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on.
Thomas Edison

While animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
Ayn Rand

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

  Adversity (17)
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Maya Angelou

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle

A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
Confucius

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

It is difficulties that show what men are.
Epictetus

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

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

It is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather.
Niccolò Machiavelli

I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Nelson Mandela

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela

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

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
Richard Nixon

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Plutarch

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The highest form of success ... comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Theodore Roosevelt

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

William Shakespeare

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

  Advertising (21)
Good advertising can make people buy your product even if it sucks ... A dollar spent on brainwashing is more cost-effective than a dollar spent on product improvement.
Scott Adams

An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
Fred Allen

The codfish lays ten thousand eggs
The homely hen lays one.
The codfish never cackles
To tell you that she's done.
And so we scorn the codfish,
While the humble hen we prize,
Which only goes to show you
That it pays to advertise.

Anonymous

When the client moans and sighs
Make his logo twice the size.
If he still should prove refractory,
Show a picture of a factory.
Only in the gravest cases
Should you show the clients' faces.

Anonymous

If you wish in this world to advance
Your merits you're bound to enhance;
You must stir it and stump it,
And blow your own trumpet,
Or trust me, you haven't a chance.

W. S. Gilbert

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

The man who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell
Will not make as many dollars
As the man who climbs the tree and hollers!

William Lever

Beneath this slab
John Brown is stowed
He watched the ads
And not the road.

Ogden Nash

Truly great brands are far more than just labels for products; they are symbols that encapsulate the desires of consumers; they are standards that are held aloft under which the masses congregate.
Tony O'Reilly

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

If it doesn't sell, it isn't creative.
David Ogilvy

It is a mistake to use highfalutin language when you advertise to uneducated people. I once used the word obsolete in a headline, only to discover that 43 per cent of the housewives had no idea what it meant. In another headline, I used the word ineffable, only to discover that I didn't know what it meant myself.
David Ogilvy

There is one category of advertising which is totally uncontrolled and flagrantly dishonest: the television commercials for candidates in Presidential elections.
David Ogilvy

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

The cosmetics industry should be promoting health and well-being; instead it hypes an outdated notion of glamour and sells false hopes and fantasies.
Anita Roddick

Don't ask if - ask which.
Elmer Wheeler

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.
Elmer Wheeler

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.
Elmer Wheeler

Don't write - telegraph!
Elmer Wheeler

Say it with flowers.
Elmer Wheeler

Watch your bark!
Elmer Wheeler

  Advice (18)
No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife.
Honoré de Balzac

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
Josh Billings

When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him.
Josh Billings

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

Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe,
Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast,
Is that portentous phrase, I told you so,
Uttered by friends, those prophets of the past.

George Byron

The world is full of people giving good advice to others, but I have thought we should all be better off if we would advise ourselves more, and others less. If I could take the good advice I am capable of giving, I should have no occasion to accept it from others.
E. W. Howe

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

Advice almost never functions as a social lubricant; eight or nine times out of ten it makes people lose face, crushes their will, and creates a grudge.
Yokio Mishima

A man with a bristling grey beard [a yachtsman], said: I made up my mind, when I bought my first boat, never to learn to swim ... When you're in a spot of trouble, if you can swim you try to strike out for the shore. You invariably drown. As I can't swim, I cling to the wreckage and they send a helicopter out for me. That's my tip, if you ever find yourself in trouble, cling to the wreckage!
John Mortimer

Get the advice of everybody whose advice is worth having - they are very few - and then do what you think best yourself.
Charles Stewart Parnell

What a difficult thing it is to ask someone's advice on a matter without coloring his judgment by the way in which we present our problem.
Blaise Pascal

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
Philip Stanhope

There should be some professional exam for these analysts. Most of the time they talk through their backsides.
Alan Sugar

He gets through too late who goes too fast.
Publilius Syrus

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
Publilius Syrus

I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Harry S. Truman

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
Oscar Wilde

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils.
Woodrow Wilson

  Affection (1)
The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
George Bernard Shaw

  Aggression (1)
If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.
Mary Harney

  Agreement (13)
But what is woman? - only one of Nature's agreeable blunders.
Hannah Cowley

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

The person who agrees with everything you say either isn't paying attention or else plans to sell you something.
Sam Ewing

We're not quarrelling! We're in complete agreement! We hate each other!
Nanette Fabray

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

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

If two men agree on everything, you can be sure one of them is doing the thinking.
Lyndon B. Johnson

There is always victory when there is agreement.
Publilius Syrus

Could we forbear dispute and practise love, We should agree as angels do above.
Edmund Waller

When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
Oscar Wilde

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

  Altitude (1)
Your attitude determines your altitude.
Stephen R. Covey

  Amateur (1)
A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his work when he does feel like it.
James Agate

  Ambition (24)
No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
William Blake

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

Managerial intellect wilted in competition with managerial adrenaline. The thrill of the chase blinded pursuers to the consequences of the chase.
Warren Buffett

When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.
Leo Burnett

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoléon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
Salvador Dali

He had ambitions, at one time, to become a sex maniac, but he failed his practical.
Les Dawson

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

You can judge the height of someone's talent by what he aspires to. Only a great thing can satisfy a great talent.
Baltasar Gracián

What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg into an electric fan.
Oliver Herford

Young women with ambitions should be very crafty and cautious, lest mayhap they be caught in the soft, silken mesh of a happy marriage, and go down to oblivion, dead to the world.
Elbert Hubbard

People are ambitious and unrealistic. They set targets for themselves that are higher than what you would set for them. And because they set them, they hit them.
Liisa Joronen

I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
John Keats

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Timothy Leary

Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled by great ambitions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters. I did all I could do to really stand out and that nurtured a lot of confidence and drive and ambition.
Madonna

Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in hell:
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.

John Milton

Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.
George Moore

The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.
Jawaharlal Nehru

The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords.
F. E. Smith

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
Jonathan Swift

I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
Donald Trump

If you're going to be thinking only one thing, you might as well be thinking big.
Donald Trump

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

I was like a hit album waiting to be released. I knew my day would come.
Oprah Winfrey

  Anger (18)
Spite is anger which is afraid to show itself, it is an impotent fury conscious of its impotence.
Henri Frédéric Amiel

Any one can get angry - that is easy - or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy.
Aristotle

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov

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

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.

William Blake

Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise,
The man who lets the contest fall is wise.

Euripides

A tart temper mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.
Washington Irving

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
Thomas à Kempis

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.
Alexander Pope

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.
Pythagoras

Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.
George Savile

If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
George Bernard Shaw

An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
Publilius Syrus

An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.
Publilius Syrus

You should make a woman angry if you wish her to love.
Publilius Syrus

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

I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Malcolm X

  Answer (4)
We do not need, and indeed never will have, all the answers before we act ... It is often through taking action that we can discover some of them
Charlotte Bunch

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

Some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.
Katharine Graham

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

  Apology (5)
Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Elbert Hubbard

Never apologize, mister. It's a sign of weakness.
Frank Nugent

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope

Love means never having to say you're sorry.
Erich Segal

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

  Appraisal (16)
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
Mary Kay Ash

Congratulations offer more potential than cash. The amount of available cash is limited, but managers have an unlimited supply of congratulations. It's important to pay people fairly, but managers also should heap on congratulations and feed people's souls.
Kenneth Blanchard

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
Edward de Bono

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

It is essential to condemn what must be condemned, but swiftly and firmly. On the other hand, one should praise at length what still deserves to be praised.
Albert Camus

I praise loudly, I blame softly.
Catherine

I can take any amount of criticism, so long as it is unqualified praise.
Noël Coward

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Cheers hearten a man. But jeers are just as essential. They help maintain his sense of balance and proportion.
Jay House

There's nothing more demoralizing than having nobody notice good performance ... the successful culture is one that provides constant recognition and applause. At the same time, it breeds a restless dissatisfaction that keeps you challenging yourself to a higher and higher performance.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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

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

A man must not always tell all, for that were folly; but what a man says should be what he thinks.
Michel de Montaigne

Some praise at morning what they blame at night; But always think the last opinion right.
Alexander Pope

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

  Appreciation (11)
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
Mary Kay Ash

There are two things people want more than sex and money - recognition and praise.
Mary Kay Ash

Congratulations offer more potential than cash. The amount of available cash is limited, but managers have an unlimited supply of congratulations. It's important to pay people fairly, but managers also should heap on congratulations and feed people's souls.
Kenneth Blanchard

It is essential to condemn what must be condemned, but swiftly and firmly. On the other hand, one should praise at length what still deserves to be praised.
Albert Camus

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Khalil Gibran

Cheers hearten a man. But jeers are just as essential. They help maintain his sense of balance and proportion.
Jay House

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

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

Money isn't what motivates entrepreneurs; it is acknowledgement - a craving for your ideas to be acknowledged.
Reuben Singh

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain

England never appreciates a poet until he is dead.
Oscar Wilde

  Architect (5)
Each man the architect of his own fate.
Appius Claudius Caecus

One might regard architecture as history arrested in stone.
A. L. Rowse

The most beautiful house in the world is the one that you build for yourself.
Witold Rybczynski

Women are the real architects of society.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

  Argument (16)
Change means movement. Movement means friction.
Saul Alinsky

Every banker knows that if he has to prove that he is worthy of credit, however good may be his arguments, in fact his credit is gone.
Walter Bagehot

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

Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately.
Stephen R. Covey

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

There are two powers at which men should never grumble - the weather and their wives.
Benjamin Disraeli

Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise,
The man who lets the contest fall is wise.

Euripides

We're not quarrelling! We're in complete agreement! We hate each other!
Nanette Fabray

He never wants anything but what's right and fair; only when you come to settle what's right and fair, it's everything that he wants and nothing that you want. And that's his idea of a compromise.
Thomas Hughes

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

His argument is as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death.
Abraham Lincoln

Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.
George Savile

Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
Robert Louis Stevenson

And blessings on the falling out
That all the more endears,
When we fall out with those we love
And kiss again with tears!

Alfred Tennyson

I am not arguing with you - I am telling you.
James Whistler

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar, and often convincing.
Oscar Wilde

  Assertiveness (4)
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Albert Camus

Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. I do, Alice hastily replied; at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know. Not the same thing a bit! said the Hatter. Why, you might just as well say that I see what I eat is the same thing as I eat what I see!
Lewis Carroll

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

If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
Bertrand Dawson

  Assumption (4)
Most of the information we use now is obtained free ... and there is no way of knowing anymore whether the information on which we base our own information for distribution is true or false. But that doesn't seem to matter; all that matters is that the information comes from a reputable source.
Joseph Heller

Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.
Mark McCormack

Do not assume more variables than necessary.
William Ockham

The prevailing wisdom is that markets are always right. I take the opposite position. I assume that markets are always wrong.
George Soros

  Attention (1)
The person who agrees with everything you say either isn't paying attention or else plans to sell you something.
Sam Ewing

  Attitude (29)
A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his work when he does feel like it.
James Agate

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

If a gentleman is frivolous, he will lose the respect of his inferiors.
Confucius

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, Press on, has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

Your attitude determines your altitude.
Stephen R. Covey

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous.
Margot Fonteyn

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

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

Leadership is practiced, not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold Geneen

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

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

It is only when a person has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
Frederick Herzberg

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James

Think small and act small, and we'll get bigger. Think big and act big, and we'll get smaller.
Herb Kelleher

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.
Dalai Lama

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

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

Pride should consist in doing your job in the best possible manner.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
Norman Vincent Peale

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

If I had to name a driving force in my life, I'd name passion every time.
Anita Roddick

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

The highest form of success ... comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Theodore Roosevelt

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.
Lance Secretan

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Seneca

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss

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

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.
Elie Wiesel

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde

  Audit (1)
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.
Warren Buffett

  Authority (1)
I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw

  Avoid (1)
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar, and often convincing.
Oscar Wilde

  Awaken (1)
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

  Awards (1)
I don't deserve this, but I have arthritis, and I don't deserve that either.
Jack Benny

  Aware (1)
Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.
Oliver Herford