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  Habits (3)
Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best.
Marva Collins

Failing is good as long as it doesn't become a habit.
Michael Eisner

I understand, of course, that many people find smoking objectionable. That is their right. I would, I assure you, be the very last to criticize the annoyed. I myself find many - even most - things objectionable. Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one's home. I do not like aftershave lotion, adults who roller-skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. I do not, however, go around enacting legislation and putting up signs. In private I avoid such people; in public they have the run of the place. I stay at home as much as possible, and so should they. When it is necessary, however, to go out of the house, they must be prepared, as I am, to deal with the unpleasant personal habits of others. That is what public means.
Fran Lebowitz

  Happiness (15)
Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
Anonymous

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
Arnold Bennett

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

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

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
The Sphere and Duties of Woman
George Burnap

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

The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
Albert Einstein

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
Anita Roddick

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

Oh! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
As You Like It
William Shakespeare

The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
Publilius Syrus

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

  Happy (10)
The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's beauty and simplicity.
Anne Frank

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

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

To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
Anita Roddick

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

Henry VI
William Shakespeare

Tomorrow 'ill be the happiest time of all
the glad New-year;
Of all the glad New-year, mother, the
maddest merriest day;
For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother,
I'm to be Queen o' the May.

Alfred Tennyson

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy

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

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

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

  Hard Work (12)
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

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

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

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

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Stephen King

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

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

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

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

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

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

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

  Hardship (1)
The highest form of success ... comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Theodore Roosevelt

  Haste (1)
Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.
Oliver Herford

  Hatred (10)
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
James Baldwin

There is no hate without fear. Hate is crystallized fear, fear's dividend, fear objectivized. We hate what we fear and so where hate is, fear will be lurking. Thus we hate what threatens our person, our liberty, our privacy, our income, our popularity, our vanity and our dreams and plans for ourselves. If we can isolate this element in what we hate we may be able to cease from hating. Analyse in this way the hatred of ideas or of the kind of people whom we have once loved and whose faces are preserved in Spirits of Anger. Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them.
Cyril Connolly

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.
Baltasar Gracián

Nobody ever fergits where he buried a hatchet.
Kin Hubbard

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

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
Caskie Stinnett

  Hazard (1)
If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
John Henry Newman

  Healing (4)
Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
Thomas Carlyle

God heals and the doctor takes the fees.
Benjamin Franklin

The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.
Nelson Mandela

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
Marcel Proust

  Hearing (1)
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Oscar Wilde

  Heart (36)
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

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

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
Aupumut

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

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Paul Dunbar

There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light,
And every kind of love makes a glory in the night.
There is love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest,
But the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.

Henry van Dyke

To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes

What love is, if thou wouldst be taught,
Thy heart must teach alone -
Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.

Friedrich Halm

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.
Learned Hand

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

Heinrich Heine

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

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
Jerome K. Jerome

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

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

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

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted;
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

My heart hath followed all my days
Something I cannot name.

The Name
Don Marquis

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

Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.
Golda Meir

Allow me, then, Mademoiselle, to place today on the altar of your charms, the offering of my heart, which aspires to and strives after no other glory than for the rest of its life to be, Mademoiselle your very humble, very obedient and very faithful servant and husband.
Molière

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

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

I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!

Edna Dean Proctor

Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more - more unseen forms become manifest to him.
Rumi

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration - of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.
Lance Secretan

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

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.
Mark Twain

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

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.

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

  Help (13)
But when thou doest alms, let
not thy left hand know what thy
right hand doeth:

Matthew 6:3, King James Version
Holy Bible

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

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

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickinson

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

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

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

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

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

  Heredity (1)
Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

  Hesitation (1)
Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
Thomas Huxley

  Hindsight (2)
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
Billy Wilder

Hindsight gives everyone perfect vision.
Chris Wright

  Honesty (14)
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
John Quincy Adams

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

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

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

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

I keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I know)
Their names
are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling

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

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
Mark Twain

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

You have to surround yourself with people you trust, and people that are good. But they also have to be people who will tell the emperor you have no clothes.
Oprah Winfrey

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
Henry Wotton

  Honour (4)
Honour thy father and thy
mother: that thy days may be
long upon the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee.

Exodus 20:12, King James Version
Holy Bible

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

What is left when honour is lost?
Publilius Syrus

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

  Hope (10)
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
The Sphere and Duties of Woman
George Burnap

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

The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them.
Max Eastman

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even... without any hope of doing it well.
Oliver Herford

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.
David Hume

God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.
Plutarch

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

I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!

Edna Dean Proctor

Fear cannot be without some hope nor hope without some fear.
Baruch Spinoza

  Horror (1)
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

  Humanity (17)
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

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

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

Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels.
Benjamin Disraeli

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Anatole France

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

Too seldom does the world pause to consider how much kinder and more humane business has become since women invaded the market-place.
Edith Johnson

Well-ventilated, well-lighted, and sanitarily kept workrooms, rest-rooms and other creature comforts provided in factories, stores, and office buildings are largely the results of women's presence in industry.
Edith Johnson

Women's presence ... has done more, I believe, than labor's strikes and struggles to shorten the working day, and improve the conditions under which work is performed.
Edith Johnson

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
United Nations on September 25, 1961.
John F. Kennedy

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
H. P. Lovecraft

There are only two kinds of men: those righteous who believe themselves sinners; the other sinners who believe themselves righteous.
Blaise Pascal

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

To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
Anita Roddick

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
Bertrand Russell

When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
Elie Wiesel

  Humans (7)
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

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Martin Luther King Jr.

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
John Stuart Mill

To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Alexander Pope

For Man is man and master of his fate.
Alfred Tennyson

The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way.
Lao Tzu

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Oscar Wilde

  Humiliation (8)
Heroes are not judged for their prowess in hunting and shooting tigers, but rather for their strength and ability to endure the humiliation of being pigs.
Chin-Ning Chu

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

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

In 1969 I published a small book on Humility. It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded.
Francis Pakenham

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

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

I was born modest, but it didn't last.
Mark Twain

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

  Humility (2)
Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Don Marquis

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.
W. Somerset Maugham

  Hunger (3)
Dictators ride to and fro on tigers they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Winston Churchill

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
Nadine Gordimer

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

  Hurry (1)
I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.
Max Eastman

  Hypocrisy (2)
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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