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  Candle (1)
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

  Care (10)
For I was an hungered,
and ye gave me meat: I was
thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took
me in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own-even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
Katherine Anne Porter

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

To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde

  Career (8)
Tomorrow's typical career will be neither linear nor continuous, nor will it always be upwards. Instead, one's life work will take more of a zig-zag course.
Tom Horton

A new type of woman arises. She is called a career woman. A man is never a career man. That is his right and privilege. But the woman is called career woman because her career... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.
C. L. R. James

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Careless (1)
To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde

  Caution (3)
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

The timid man calls himself cautious, the sordid man thrifty.
Publilius Syrus

Be careful, be cautious, do not rush into negotiations ... be careful what you give away now, you may wish you had not done so should in future the balance of forces turn in your favour.
Oliver Tambo

  C.E.O. Quotations (168)
I have never compared myself to my managers ... although I have made some big financial decisions on my own and decided on new investments, I have never involved myself in managerial decisions.
Gianni Agnelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doing the things we do now and doing them better, cheaper and faster will take us so far. But it will not take us far enough. We're going to have to do new things in new ways.
Peter Bonfield

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

Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business.
Richard Branson

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

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

No one has ever accused us of lagging behind. In fact, I am willing to turn an entire company upside down if it's time to do that. We're in perpetual evolution.
Richard Branson

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

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

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

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

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

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

The truly big investment idea can usually be explained in a short paragraph. We like a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people. When these attributes exist, and when we can make purchases at sensible prices, it is hard to go wrong.
Warren Buffett

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

Your goal as an investor ... to purchase, at a rational price, a part interest in an easily-understandable business whose earnings are virtually certain to be materially higher ... years from now. Over time, you will find only a few companies that meet these standards - so when you see one ... buy a meaningful amount of stock.
Warren Buffett

If you are having as much fun running a big corporation as you did running a piece of it, then you are probably interfering too much with the people who really make it happen.
James E. Burke

A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
H. S. M. Burns

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

The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Andrew Carnegie

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

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

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

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

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

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

We're fast approaching the point at which there is really no distinction between the .com companies and traditional businesses. The only distinction will be between the winners and losers, and of course, the pace of change at which companies become winners or losers.
Michael Dell

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

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

I find that no matter how long a meeting goes on, the best ideas always come during the final five minutes, when people drop their guard and I ask them what they really think.
Michael Eisner

You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something.
Larry Ellison

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

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

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

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

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

To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes

Growth is like creativity, it doesn't go along very neat, precise plans. You get clogged highways before you figure out a way to open up capacity. You get pollution before you figure out a way to fight it.
Steve Forbes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We rely on skilled foreign workers for their math, science, and creative abilities as well as their cultural knowledge, which helps when localizing products for world markets.
Bill Gates

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's the classic case of being at the party too early. Nobody was there yet and nobody had had a drink. By the time we got there, the party was raging.
Mark Getty

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

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

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

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

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

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

I believe in the value of paranoia. Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left.
Andrew Grove

Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
Andrew Grove

The essence of a company like Intel is execution and strategy. Intel, looked at in another way, is a three-legged stool. One leg is technology - design and silicon technology - another leg is manufacturing, and the third leg is marketing. Whenever Intel did well it was because the three legs were equal. Whenever one of those legs was shorter than the others, we wobbled.
Andrew Grove

The new environment dictates two rules; first everything happens faster; second, anything that can be done will be done, if not by you, then by someone else, somewhere.
Andrew Grove

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

You have to penetrate a woman's defenses. Getting into her head is a prerequisite to getting into her body.
Bob Guccione

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

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

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

Keeping dreams alive and trying to make them come true is crucial in the watch business. We're in the business of selling emotional products.
Nicolas G. Hayek

The Japanese are masters at making you peel the onion. You get through one layer and you are looking at another one just like it.
Lee Iacocca

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

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

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

We have a very simple, clear organization. It's very easy to know who has authority for what, who has responsibility for what. There's no politics about it, they're virtually politics-free organizations.
Steve Jobs

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something ... That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

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

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

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

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

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

I see nothing wrong with power as long as I am the fellow who has it.
Cecil King

Our vision controls the way we think and, therefore, the way we act ... the vision we have of our jobs determines what we do and the opportunities we see or don't see.
Charles Koch

What do you do when your competitor's drowning? Get a live hose and stick it in his mouth.
Ray Kroc

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

Business today is about making decisions amid ambiguity.
Geraldine Laybourne

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

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

In business a reputation for keeping absolutely to the letter and spirit of an agreement, even when it is unfavorable, is the most precious of assets, although it is not entered in the balance sheet.
Oliver Lyttelton

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

I can tell more about how someone is likely to react in a business situation from one round of golf than I can from a hundred hours of meetings.
Mark McCormack

If new ideas are the lifeblood of any thriving organization ... managers must learn to revere, not merely tolerate, the people who come up with the ideas.
Mark McCormack

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

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

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

I try to keep in touch with the details - you can't keep in touch with them all, but you've got to have a feel for what's going on.
Rupert Murdoch

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

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

I do not really understand the stock market.
Narayana Murthy

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

Organizations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.
Narayana Murthy

You do not have to be the son of a rich man to be an entrepreneur. Today kids are far more willing to take risks because they've seen high rewards.
Narayana Murthy

Generally, large companies are so inwardly directed that staff memorandums about growing bureaucracy get more attention than the dwindling competitive advantage of being big in the first place. David, who has a life, needn't use a slingshot. Goliath, who doesn't, is too busy reading office memos.
Nicholas Negroponte

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

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

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

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

Women are becoming enormously successful ... They're running their businesses on what we call a familial model, a family, instead of a hierarchical top-down military model. They work with, not over or for.
Faith Popcorn

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

The customer is never wrong.
César Ritz

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

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

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

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

Instead of giving contracts to strangers, we decided we could just as well give contracts to our own employees. We would encourage them to leave ... and start their own satellite enterprises.
Ricardo Semler

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

I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom and data is the knowledge.
Masayoshi Son

As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
George Soros

Financial markets ... resent any kind of government interference but they hold a belief deep down that if conditions get really tough the authorities will step in.
George Soros

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You're not born to give. You're born selfish.
Ted Turner

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

I didn't realize it then, but everything I ever needed to know about selling I was learning at my kitchen table: I was learning how to identify, find, and keep customers.
Lillian Vernon

I like to dress egos.
Gianni Versace

We need a can-do, vibrant, innovation-driven culture. Not wearing a tie is just a snippet of that.
Paul Walsh

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

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

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

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

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

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

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

You cannot be a success in any business without believing that it is the greatest business in the world ... You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

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

Insecure managers create complexity.
Jack Welch

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

Sometimes the first step is the hardest: coming up with an idea. Coming up with an idea should be like sitting on a pin - it should make you jump up and do something.
Kemmons Wilson

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

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

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

From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.
Walter Wriston

Jugment comes from experience - and experience comes from bad judgment.
Walter Wriston

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

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

  Celebrity (36)
A celebrity is one who works hard all his life to become well-known and then goes through back streets wearing dark glasses so he won't be recognized.
Fred Allen

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

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

All the pictures that hung in my memory before I knew you have faded and given place to our radiant moments together. Now I cannot live apart from you ... Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.
Sarah Bernhardt

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
John Cleese

Words are so futile, so feeble.
Charlie Chaplin

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

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

I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
W. C. Fields

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

A cousin of mine who was a casualty surgeon in Manhattan tells me that he and his colleagues had a one-word nickname for bikers: Donors.
Stephen Fry

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

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

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Audrey Hepburn

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

It is a characteristic of committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection differs violently from every other member's recollection.
Jonathan Lynn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We used to have lots of questions to which there were no answers. Now, with the computer, there are lots of answers to which we haven't thought up the questions.
Peter Ustinov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
Oprah Winfrey

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

  Censorship (7)
Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
Heywood Broun

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall

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

One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Harry S. Truman

The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought.
Arnold Wesker

  Certainty (11)
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainty.
Francis Bacon

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

Organizations that are change leaders are designed for change. But people need continuity ... they do not function well if the environment is not predictable, not understandable, not known.
Peter Drucker

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

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

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

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish.
Oliver Herford

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

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

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

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

  Challenge (12)
'Tis better to have fought and lost,
Than never to have fought at all.

Arthur Hugh Clough

The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.
Pierre de Coubertin

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

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

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

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

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

It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.
George Marshall

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

William Shakespeare

There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.
Woodrow Wilson

  Change (54)
Change means movement. Movement means friction.
Saul Alinsky

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov

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

By the structure of the world we often want, at the sudden occurrence of a grave tempest, to change the helmsman - to replace the pilot of the calm by the pilot of the storm.
Walter Bagehot

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

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Arnold Bennett

No one has ever accused us of lagging behind. In fact, I am willing to turn an entire company upside down if it's time to do that. We're in perpetual evolution.
Richard Branson

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

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

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

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

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

We're fast approaching the point at which there is really no distinction between the .com companies and traditional businesses. The only distinction will be between the winners and losers, and of course, the pace of change at which companies become winners or losers.
Michael Dell

Organizations that are change leaders are designed for change. But people need continuity ... they do not function well if the environment is not predictable, not understandable, not known.
Peter Drucker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
Andrew Grove

The new environment dictates two rules; first everything happens faster; second, anything that can be done will be done, if not by you, then by someone else, somewhere.
Andrew Grove

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

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

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

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

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
Eric Hoffer

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

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

I am captivated more by dreams of the future than by history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Jung

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

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

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

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

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

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Plutarch

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

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

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
Oprah Winfrey

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

  Chaos (1)
Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
Andrew Grove

  Character (47)
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 you are not yourself, if you surrender your personality, you have nothing left to give the world. You have no pleasure, no use, nothing which will attract and charm me, for by the suppression of your individuality, you lose your distinctive character.
Edward Wilmot Blyden

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

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

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is what others think you are.
Dale Carnegie

He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
Geoffrey Chaucer

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

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

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

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

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

To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
David Hume

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
Marya Mannes

I recognize that I am made up of several persons and that the person that at the moment has the upper hand will inevitably give place to another. But which is the real one? All of them or none?
W. Somerset Maugham

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
W. Somerset Maugham

I can tell more about how someone is likely to react in a business situation from one round of golf than I can from a hundred hours of meetings.
Mark McCormack

The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute - he simply speaks and does what is right.
Mencius

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

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

The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Pauline Phillips

It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
Alexander Pope

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

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

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

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt

He looked like the kind of a guy that wouldn't talk to you much unless he wanted something off you. He had a lousy personality.
J. D. Salinger

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

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

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

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

The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Leon Trotsky

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

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

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

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.
Woodrow Wilson

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

The three grades of character are superior, medium and inferior: the superior is just good, the medium is capable of development either in an upward or a downward direction, and the inferior is just evil.
Han Yu

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

  Charity (28)
But when thou doest alms, let
not thy left hand know what thy
right hand doeth:

Matthew 6:3, King James Version
Holy Bible

Jesus said unto him, If thou
wilt be perfect, go and sell that
thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come and follow me.

Matthew 19:21, King James Version
Holy Bible

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

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

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

I have shewed you all things,
how that so labouring ye ought to
support the weak, and to remem-
ber the words of the Lord Jesus,
how he said, It is more blessed to
give than to receive.

Acts 20:35, King James Version
Holy Bible

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

II Corinthians 9:7, King James Version
Holy Bible

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

The living need charity more than the dead.
George Arnold

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

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

The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Andrew Carnegie

The more we ask, the more we have.
And, it is fair enough: asking is not always easy.

And it is said to be hard to accept ...
So no wonder we have so little.

Ivy Compton-Burnett

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

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

Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.

Ignatius

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
Samuel Johnson

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

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

Money is like manure. If you spread it around, it does a lot of good, but if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell.
Clint Murchison

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.

Dorothy Parker

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

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

The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
Leo Tolstoy

The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You're not born to give. You're born selfish.
Ted Turner

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

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

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

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

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.
Woodrow Wilson

  Charm (3)
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Albert Camus

Age, like distance lends a double charm.
Oliver Herford

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

  Cheer (1)
Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of neces-
sity: for God loveth a cheerful
giver.

II Corinthians 9:7, King James Version
Holy Bible

  Choice (21)
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen

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

When a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: if you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you'll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you'll eat yourself.
Anton Chekhov

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

We should never allow ourselves to be bullied by an either-or. There is often the possibility of something better than either of these two alternatives.
Mary Parker Follett

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

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

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

The best taxes are such as are levied upon consumptions, especially those of luxury ... They seem, in some measure, voluntary; since a man may chuse how far he will use the commodity which is taxed.
David Hume

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

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

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

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?

William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

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

  Civilization (7)
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
Samuel Johnson

In civilised society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you the most.
Samuel Johnson

Ours is not so much an age of vulgarity as of vulgarization; everything is tampered with or touched up, or adulterated or watered down, in an effort to make it palatable, in an effort to make it pay.
Louis Kronenberger

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
Marya Mannes

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

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

  Class (1)
We need every human gift and cannot afford to neglect any gift because of artificial barriers of sex or race or class or national origin.
Margaret Mead

  Clothing (14)
Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year.
Fred Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion is something barbarous for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
George Santayana

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.
Mark Twain

I like to dress egos.
Gianni Versace

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
Oscar Wilde

  Collect (1)
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

  Committee (6)
What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
Richard Harkness

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

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

It is a characteristic of committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection differs violently from every other member's recollection.
Jonathan Lynn

In 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

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

  Common (2)
The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common.
Gerard M. Blair

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

  Common Sense (7)
The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common.
Gerard M. Blair

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Company (1)
He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
Benjamin Franklin

  Compassion (3)
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

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

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

  Competition (36)
This is not an age of castles, moats, and armor where people can sustain a competitive advantage for very long.
Richard D'Aveni

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

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

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

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

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

Arthur Hugh Clough

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

Arthur Hugh Clough

The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.
Pierre de Coubertin

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

You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something.
Larry Ellison

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

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

He that falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.
Benjamin Franklin

It's the classic case of being at the party too early. Nobody was there yet and nobody had had a drink. By the time we got there, the party was raging.
Mark Getty

The new environment dictates two rules; first everything happens faster; second, anything that can be done will be done, if not by you, then by someone else, somewhere.
Andrew Grove

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

The Japanese are masters at making you peel the onion. You get through one layer and you are looking at another one just like it.
Lee Iacocca

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

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

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

What do you do when your competitor's drowning? Get a live hose and stick it in his mouth.
Ray Kroc

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

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

It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.
George Marshall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Shakespeare

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

There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.
Woodrow Wilson

  Compliment (9)
Woe betide the man who dares to pay a woman a compliment today ... Forget the flowers, the chocolates, the soft word - rather woo her with a self-defence manual in one hand and a family planning leaflet in the other.
Alan Ayckbourn

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are three infallible ways of pleasing an author, and the three form a rising scale of compliment: 1, to tell him you have read one of his books; 2, to tell him you have read all his books; 3, to ask him to let you read the manuscript of his forthcoming book. No. 1 admits you to his respect; No. 2 admits you to his admiration; No. 3 carries you clear into his heart.
Mark Twain

  Compromise (2)
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

The timid man yearns for full value and asks a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
Mark Twain

  Condemn (1)
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

  Confide (4)
Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right.
Henry Ford

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

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

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

  Confidence (19)
Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others are of what they know.
Aristotle

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

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

Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
Pierre Corneille

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Marie Curie

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Charles Darwin

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

Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy: in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Baltasar Gracián

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

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

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

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

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, Certainly I can! Then get busy and find out how to do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
Mark Twain

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

  Conflict (5)
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing

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

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

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

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

  Conformity (8)
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Albert Camus

The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
Quentin Crisp

Imitation lies at the root of most human actions. A respectable person is one who conforms to custom. People are called good when they do as others do.
Anatole France

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

  Congratulate (1)
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

  Conscience (15)
There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.
Euripides

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

The market has no morality.
Michael Heseltine

If we cannot be powerful and happy and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves.
Elbert Hubbard

I think middle age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
William Ralph Inge

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

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

In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
Thomas De Quincey
A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.

William Shakespeare

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

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

An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
Mark Twain

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

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.
Izaak Walton

  Consent (1)
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

  Consequence (6)
Managerial intellect wilted in competition with managerial adrenaline. The thrill of the chase blinded pursuers to the consequences of the chase.
Warren Buffett

If we all were judged according to the consequences
Of all our words and deeds, beyond the intention
And beyond our limited understanding
Of ourselves and others, we should all be condemned.

T. S. Eliot

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

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

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

As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
George Soros

  Conservation (6)
For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death.
Rachel Carson

Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.
Rachel Carson

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now, he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined, and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
Anton Chekhov

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

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

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

  Consideration (1)
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius

  Consistency (2)
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  Consultant (8)
A consultant is a person who takes your money and annoys your employees while tirelessly searching for the best way to extend the consulting contract.
Scott Adams

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

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

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

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

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

I come from an environment where, if you see a snake, you kill it. At General Motors, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is hire a consultant on snakes.
Ross Perot

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

  Contempt (1)
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Publilius Syrus

  Contentment (5)
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainty.
Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

  Contract (7)
Contracts are agreements made up of big words and little type.
Sam Ewing

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

In business a reputation for keeping absolutely to the letter and spirit of an agreement, even when it is unfavorable, is the most precious of assets, although it is not entered in the balance sheet.
Oliver Lyttelton

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

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

Instead of giving contracts to strangers, we decided we could just as well give contracts to our own employees. We would encourage them to leave ... and start their own satellite enterprises.
Ricardo Semler

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

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

  Corporate Culture (25)
If you limit a company by its structure or by the people in the company, you will, by definition, limit the full potential of that business. It sounds basic, but a lot of companies don't follow the idea that the structure should be last and not first.
Michael Dell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We have a very simple, clear organization. It's very easy to know who has authority for what, who has responsibility for what. There's no politics about it, they're virtually politics-free organizations.
Steve Jobs

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

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

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

Generally, large companies are so inwardly directed that staff memorandums about growing bureaucracy get more attention than the dwindling competitive advantage of being big in the first place. David, who has a life, needn't use a slingshot. Goliath, who doesn't, is too busy reading office memos.
Nicholas Negroponte

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

I come from an environment where, if you see a snake, you kill it. At General Motors, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is hire a consultant on snakes.
Ross Perot

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

Women are becoming enormously successful ... They're running their businesses on what we call a familial model, a family, instead of a hierarchical top-down military model. They work with, not over or for.
Faith Popcorn

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

The 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

We need a can-do, vibrant, innovation-driven culture. Not wearing a tie is just a snippet of that.
Paul Walsh

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

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

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

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

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

  Corruption (6)
There are two parties involved in every corrupt transaction, typically a government official and a business person. Yet those who pay bribes are often depicted as innocent victims ... The reality is that both parties conspire to defraud the public.
Lynda Chalker

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

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

When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy

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

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

  Cost (1)
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

  Courage (24)
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Maya Angelou

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

No coward soul is mine, no trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere; I see heaven's glories shine, and faith shines equal, arming me from fear.
Emily Brontë

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

I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets ... If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles.
Eugene V. Debs

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Albert Einstein

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

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert

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

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

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

We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.
Helen Keller

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

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
Plutarch

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

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

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Rumi

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

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

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

But, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Thucydides

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Mark Twain

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

  Coward (2)
Neglecting small things under the pretext of wanting to accomplish large ones is the excuse of a coward.
Alexandra David-Néel

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

  Creativity (33)
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.*
*Attribution questionable.
Scott Adams

Doing the things we do now and doing them better, cheaper and faster will take us so far. But it will not take us far enough. We're going to have to do new things in new ways.
Peter Bonfield

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

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
Leo Burnett

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

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now, he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined, and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
Anton Chekhov

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
John Cleese

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

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

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

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

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

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

Growth is like creativity, it doesn't go along very neat, precise plans. You get clogged highways before you figure out a way to open up capacity. You get pollution before you figure out a way to fight it.
Steve Forbes

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

We rely on skilled foreign workers for their math, science, and creative abilities as well as their cultural knowledge, which helps when localizing products for world markets.
Bill Gates

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

Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
Doug Hall

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something ... That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

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

True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler

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

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

Organizations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.
Narayana Murthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Alfred North Whitehead

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

Sometimes the first step is the hardest: coming up with an idea. Coming up with an idea should be like sitting on a pin - it should make you jump up and do something.
Kemmons Wilson

  Credit (8)
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

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

Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Creditors have better memories than debtors.
Benjamin Franklin

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

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

A credit card is a money tool, not a supplement to money. The failure to make this distinction has 'supplemented' many a poor soul right into bankruptcy.
Paula Nelson

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

  Crime (5)
For man's greatest crime is to have been born.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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

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

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

Eliza Cook

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

  Criticism (20)
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
Mary Kay Ash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Cry (2)
Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.
Pat Schroeder

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

  Curiosity (2)
Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
Leo Burnett

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

  Customer Service (19)
If someone thinks they are being mistreated by us, they won't tell 5 people, they'll tell 5000.
Jeff Bezos

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

Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
W. Edwards Deming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The customer is never wrong.
César Ritz

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

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

The consumer, so it is said, is the king ... each is a voter who uses his money as votes to get the things done that he wants done.
Paul Samuelson

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

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

I didn't realize it then, but everything I ever needed to know about selling I was learning at my kitchen table: I was learning how to identify, find, and keep customers.
Lillian Vernon

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

  Cynicism (5)
CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
Ambrose Bierce

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

George Canning

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

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

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