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  Language (2)
True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler

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

  Last (1)
Some praise at morning what they blame at night; But always think the last opinion right.
Alexander Pope

  Laughter (6)
It takes seventy-two muscles to frown, but only thirteen to smile.
Anonymous

You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
J. M. Barrie

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
Max Eastman

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

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss

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

  Lazy (6)
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

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
Agatha Christie

I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.
Shirley Conran

It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
Indira Gandhi

Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
Benjamin Jowett

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
Helena Rubinstein

  Leadership (42)
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

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
Aneurin Bevan

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair

It is hard to look up to a leader who keeps his ear to the ground.
James Boren

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

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

To be dilatory about giving orders, but to expect absolute punctuality, that is called being a tormentor.
Confucius

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

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

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

The grab for a quick killing is the mark of the worst kind of leadership, for it places immediate profit above the long-term interest of the organization and can lead ultimately only to disaster.
Crawford H. Greenewalt

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

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

Leadership is not about being nice. It's about being right and being strong.
Paul Keating

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.

The difference between a leader and a boss is the difference between good and bad management.
Joe Klock Sr.

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

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Walter Lippmann

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell

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

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

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

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

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
Ronald Reagan

There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that once unleashed can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.
Anthony Robbins

Do not delegate an assignment and then attempt to manage it yourself - you will make an enemy of the overruled subordinate.
Wess Roberts

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

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Theodore 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

To be a leader in this new economy, you have to love risk - which means patterning your life on the heroic, not on the strategic. Acting boldly is better than acting knowingly.
Harriet Rubin

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

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

I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
Margaret Thatcher

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
Desmond Tutu

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, We did this ourselves.

Lao Tzu

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.

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

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

  Learning (31)
You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Anonymous

Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.
Richard David Bach

What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.
Horatio Bottomley

Your brain is, indeed, a supreme example of, and is the ultimate, Internet.
Tony Buzan

That's the reason they're called lessons, the Gryphon remarked: because they lessen from day to day.
Lewis Carroll

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
G. K. Chesterton

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations ... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Winston Churchill

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

He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
Confucius

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
Benjamin Disraeli

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
Anatole France

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

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

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

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Thomas Jefferson

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
Joseph Joubert

The purpose of a university is to make students safe for ideas - not ideas safe for students.
Clark Kerr

Learn to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.
John C. Maxwell

We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
Margaret Mead

The most important thing I would learn in school was that almost everything I would learn in school would be utterly useless.
Joseph O'Connor

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner

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

The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Alvin Toffler

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Mark Twain

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

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

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

  Legacy (1)
Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it.
Lee Iacocca

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

  Lending (3)
It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.
Philip Gibbs

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

Please return this book; I find that though many of my friends are poor arithmeticians, they are nearly all good bookkeepers.
Walter Scott

  Liberty (6)
Those who won our independence ... believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Louis Brandeis

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

I know that upon 4th of July, our 4th of July orators talk of Liberty, while three million of their own country men are groaning in abject Slavery. This is called the land of the free and the home of the brave; it is called the asylum of the oppressed; and some have been foolish enough to call it the Cradle of Liberty. If it is the cradle of liberty, they have rocked the child to death. It is dead long since, and yet we talk about democracy and republicanism, while one-sixth of our countrymen are clanking their chains upon the very soil which our fathers moistened with their blood.
William Wells Brown

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

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

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry

  Life (48)
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

The secret of life is not to do what you like but to like what you do.
Anonymous

Someone has said that the ideal life is to live in an English country home, engage a Chinese cook, marry a Japanese wife, and take a French mistress.
Anonymous

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
Aristotle

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

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

What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.
Horatio Bottomley

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

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

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

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.
Richard Crashaw

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

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

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
Isak Dinesen

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Dance is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Havelock Ellis

Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

All that matters is love and work.
Sigmund Freud

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

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

Khalil Gibran

Everything which is properly business we must keep separate from life. Business requires earnestness and method; life must have a freer handling.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

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

Life is hard, work is hard.
Liisa Joronen

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

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

For the whole Earth is the Sepulchre of famous men; and their story is not graven only on Stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
Pericles

You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream ...
All that you see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

I'm not afraid of life and I'm not afraid of death: Dying's the bore.
Katherine Anne Porter

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

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

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

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
Angela Schwindt

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
Seneca

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

William Shakespeare

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw

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

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

Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau

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

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Oscar Wilde

Think naught a trifle, though it small appear;
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.

Edward Young

  Light (3)
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

People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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

  Lightning (1)
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
Mark Twain

  Limitations (5)
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

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

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

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

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Patanjali

  Listening (5)
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Joyce Brothers

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

Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist.
S. K. Chakraborty

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

I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations with myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

  Living (1)
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

  Lonely (1)
You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me - no one else.
George Eliot

  Losing (11)
For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36, King James Version
Holy Bible

I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
Muhammad Ali

Victory has a hundred fathers, but no one wants to recognise defeat as his own.
Galeazzo Ciano

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

Arthur Hugh Clough

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

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlin

Nice guys. Finish last.
Leo Durocher

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

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

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

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

  Loyalty (1)
Good customers are an asset which, when well managed and served, will return a handsome lifetime income stream for the company.
Philip Kotler

  Luck (2)
Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune.
Elias Canetti

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

  Lustre (1)
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments add lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
Philip Stanhope