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  Pain (6)
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

Humour is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
Max Eastman

I find that pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
Thomas Jefferson

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Samuel Johnson

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

The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
Publilius Syrus

  Paradox (1)
The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Bertrand Russell

  Passion (17)
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
Mary Kay Ash

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

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Passionate leadership won't succeed if contradictory signals are sent out.
Bill Gates

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.
David Hume

What did it for me? It wasn't my education or experience. It was my passion.
Andrea Jung

I've found that when it came to doing something I loved and fighting for it, things worked out. If you're going to kill yourself to develop something, you've got to enjoy it.
Jeanine Lobell

If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
Elizabeth Mackay

Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
Robert Maxwell

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

By the time you say you're his,
Shivering and sighing
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.

Dorothy Parker

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

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

To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.
Anita Roddick

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

If you don't have passion ... you might as well give up ... you have no chance of making it. Passion is the essence of life, and certainly the essence of success.
Donald Trump

  Past (2)
Had the employers of past generations all of them dealt fairly with their employees there would have been no unions.
Stanley Baldwin

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

  Patience (2)
It's a well-known proposition that you know who's going to win a negotiation: it's he who pauses the longest.
Robert Court

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
Margaret Thatcher

  Patriotism (5)
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.

Rupert Brooke

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
Stephen Decatur

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

This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.

King John
William Shakespeare

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

  Penetrate (1)
Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
Octavio Paz

  People (63)
A conference is a gathering of important people who, singly, can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Fred Allen

A test of whether you have achieved true fame is when a deranged person believes himself to be you.
BBC Radio Quote ... Unquote
Anonymous

Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
Isaac Asimov

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

Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right things.
Warren Bennis

Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, not should they be.
Warren Bennis

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

The kinds of people we employ are not afraid of taking risks. If someone mucks up, they don't get a bollocking from me. They know they've mucked up and they redouble their efforts.
Richard Branson

We spend most of our lives working. So why do so few people have a good time doing it?
Richard Branson

IBM is like the Stepford Wives. It takes the best people from the best universities and colleges and then snips out some part of the brain so that they become mindless clones.
Bill Campbell

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

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

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

People are the lifeblood of any airline, and it is the people of BA who will deliver its future success.
Rod Eddington

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Blameless people are always the most exasperating.
George Eliot

There are many excuses for the persons who made the mistake of confounding money and wealth. Like many others they mistook the sign for the thing signified.
Millicent Fawcett

The world is full of willing people: some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Robert Frost

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

You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps ... If the president of a company has a clean desk ... then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
Harold Geneen

I believe people who think love prevents one from thinking clearly are wrong; for then one thinks very clearly and is more active than before. And love is something eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.
Vincent van Gogh

Everything is always impossible before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about - doing what people have told them is impossible.
R. Hunt Greene

You can't treat your people like an expense item.
Andrew Grove

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

I found that there were these incredibly great people at doing certain things, and you couldn't replace one of these people with 50 average people. They could just do stuff that no number of average people could do.
Steve Jobs

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

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

I think leadership is valuing the time you spend with your people more than anything else you do.
Herb Kelleher

The more time I spend with our people, the more I find out about our business.
Herb Kelleher

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

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

When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground, and swish my tail.
Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise

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

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

Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
Robert Maxwell

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

Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet 'em on your way down.
Wilson Mizner

Human resources are the greatest assets of any company. You can raise tariffs or prevent MNCs from entering, but one can't stop the employees from leaving if they are dissatisfied.
Narayana Murthy

You don't need to interpret the tea leaves stuck in a cup to understand that people who work sitting down get paid more than those people who work standing up.
Ogden Nash

A chairman who never wanders about his agency becomes a hermit, out of touch with his staff.
David Ogilvy

If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.
David Ogilvy

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

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

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

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

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

The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
Anita Roddick

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

When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they don't understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Helen Rowland

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

One can't say that figures lie. But figures, as used in financial arguments, seem to have the bad habit of expressing a small part of the truth forcibly, and neglecting the other part, as do some people we know.
Fred Schwed

You see yourself as a good product that sits on a shelf and sells well, and people make a lot of money out of you.
Diana Spencer

The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
Jack Straw

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

Get to know your people. What they do well, what they enjoy doing, what their weaknesses and strengths are, and what they want and need to get from their job.
Robert Townsend

One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure.
Robert Townsend

All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Harry S. Truman

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

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
Alan Watts

The point of work-out is to give people better jobs. When people see that their ideas count, their dignity is raised. Instead of feeling numb, like robots, they feel important.
Jack Welch

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

A land without a people for a people without a land.
Israel Zangwill

  Perception (7)
There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.
John Constable

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

To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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 that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J. R. R. Tolkien

  Perseverance (20)
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Honey Fitz
Anonymous

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett

It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
Eddie Cantor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Plutarch

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

God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J. R. R. Tolkien

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Harry S. Truman

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

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

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

  Persistence (7)
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
Dale Carnegie

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Personality (9)
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Perspire (1)
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas Edison

  Pity (1)
You are in a pitiable condition if you have to conceal what you wish to tell.
Publilius Syrus

  Plagiarism (2)
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

No plagiarist can excuse the wrong by showing how much of his work he did not pirate.
Learned Hand

  Planning (12)
If you are planning for one year, plant rice. If you are planning for ten years plant trees. If you are planning for 100 years plant people.
Indian Proverb
Anonymous

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

The finest plans are always ruined by the littleness of those who ought to carry them out, for the Emperor can actually do nothing.
Bertolt Brecht

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

The best laid schemes of mice and men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Robert Burns

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

Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions. It deals with the future of present decisions.
Peter Drucker

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

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

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

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

The general who wins a battle makes many calculations ... here the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few to defeat.
Sun Tzu

Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
Sun Tzu

  Pleasure (12)
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

If something pleasant happens to you, don't forget to tell it to your friends, to make them feel bad.
Casimir

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

In every work a reward added makes the pleasure twice as great.
Euripides

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.
Maxim Gorky

There is no time like the pleasant.
Oliver Herford

When I go abroad I always sail from Boston because it is such a pleasant place to get away from.
Oliver Herford

I find that pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
Thomas Jefferson

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Samuel Johnson

If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.
François de La Rochefoucauld

The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety.
Publilius Syrus

Next to having a staunch friend is the pleasure of having a brilliant enemy.
Oscar Wilde

  Police (2)
Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour.
Raymond Chandler

No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this - devoted and obedient. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
Florence Nightingale

  Polish (1)
A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish.
Oliver Herford

  Positive (4)
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

The attitude of disrespect that many executives have today for accurate reporting is a business disgrace. And auditors ... have done little on the positive side. Though auditors should regard the investing public as their client, they tend to kowtow instead to the managers who choose them and dole out their pay.
Warren Buffett

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

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

  Possibility (7)
To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible.
Zoë Akins

It is practically impossible for a top management man, or even middle management, to be doing the degree and level of work that he should be doing and, at the same time, have a clean desk.
Harold Geneen

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

It is not impossibilities which fill us with deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize.
Robert Mallet

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

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

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

  Potential (1)
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Anne Frank

  Poverty (19)
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

She was poor but she was honest,
Victim of a rich man's game.
First he loved her, then he left her,
And she lost her maiden name ...
It's the same the whole world over,
It's the poor wot gets the blame,
It's the rich wot gets the gravy.
Ain't it all a bleedin' shame?

Cassell's Humorous Quotations
Anonymous

The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.
Russian Proverb
Anonymous

Women do two thirds of the world's work ... Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.
Barber Conable

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

Four spectres haunt the Poor - Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.
David Lloyd George

Globalization is an opportunity. Well managed, it will help drive forward efforts to build prosperity and eliminate poverty. Badly managed it will increase the divide between rich and poor.
Peter Hain

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

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

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
Andrew Jackson

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.

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men - the balance wheel of the social machinery ... It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.
Horace Mann

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

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

The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.
George Bernard Shaw

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 lack of money is the root of all evil.
Mark Twain

Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
Voltaire

  Power (19)
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

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

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Jean de La Bruyère

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

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

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!
Elizabeth I

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

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

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.
Harriet Rubin

O powerful love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other, a man a beast.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
William Shakespeare

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

  Praise (14)
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
Mary Kay Ash

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

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

I praise loudly, I blame softly.
Catherine

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

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

I find that pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough.
Mark Twain

  Prejudice (15)
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

When women ask for equality, men take them to be demanding domination.
Elizabeth Janeway

The moment a person forms a theory his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favour that theory.
Thomas Jefferson

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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

If the parties will at my hands call for justice, then, all were it my father stood on the one side, and the devil on the other, his cause being good, the devil should have right.
Thomas More

Given the natural differences between human beings, equality is an ethical aspiration that cannot be realized without recourse either to despotism or to an act of fraternity.
Octavio Paz

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

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiassed opinion is always absolutely valueless.
Oscar Wilde

  Preparation (5)
It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
Eddie Cantor

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

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

Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
Sun Tzu

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

  Present (0)

  Presidential (64)
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius

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

These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
George W. Bush

Veni, vidi, vici.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Julius Caesar

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
Jimmy Carter

Tax laws also benefit those who have the best lobbying efforts ... and the larger the corporations are, the smaller proportion they pay in taxes.
Jimmy Carter

If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

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

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Edward VIII

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
Zhou Enlai

Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.... And when you realize the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
James Garfield

You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps ... If the president of a company has a clean desk ... then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
Harold Geneen

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
George V

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
Andrew Jackson

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
Andrew Jackson

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

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

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

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The most dangerous man in America.
Referring to Timothy Leary.
Richard Nixon

The press is the enemy.
Richard Nixon

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

A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Ronald Reagan

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

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

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

There is no indispensable man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

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

It is hard to fail; but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
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

All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Harry S. Truman

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

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Harry S. Truman

It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Harry S. Truman

Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Harry S. Truman

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Prestige (1)
The only way many companies can attract and keep the best people is by offering them more than merely money or prestige - they offer them the chance to make history.
Warren Bennis

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

  Pride (10)
Some time when you're feeling important
Some time when your ego's in bloom
Some time when you feel you are
The best qualified man in the room,
Some time when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction
And see how it humbles the soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water
Place your hands in it up to your wrists
Take them out and the hole that remains
Is a measure of how you'll be missed.
You may splash all you like as they enter
You may stir up the water galore
But take them out and in just a moment
It will look just the same as before.
The moral of this is quite simple
Just do the best that you can.
Be proud of yourself but remember
There is no indispensable man.

Cassell's Humorous Quotations
Anonymous

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

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
Mary Parker Follett

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

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

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

I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough.
Mark Twain

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

  Principal (1)
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
David Hume

  Principles (9)
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Infantile love follows the principle: I love because I am loved.
Mature love follows the principle: I am loved because I love.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you.
Mature love says: I need you because I love you.

Erich Fromm

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

Act only on that maxim which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
Immanuel Kant

I don't believe in principles. Principles are only excuses for what we want to think or what we want to do.
Compton Mackenzie

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
Colin Powell

Whenever we have compromised on our principles, we and our customers have been the losers.
Marcus Sieff

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

  Priorities (1)
The priority in life is to keep an eye on the business and not to get lured into the high social life with groupie-type poseurs who wish to be seen with the new blue-eyed boy.
Alan Sugar

  Prisons (4)
Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
Cyril Connolly

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

Eliza Cook

Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience ... I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.
Paris Hilton

Any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul-destroying.
Evelyn Waugh

  Problem (6)
Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
Chris Argyris

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

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

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

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

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

  Procrastination (8)
One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over ... your problem won't improve with age.
Warren Buffett

A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
John Galbraith

Never confuse movement with action.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

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

  Products (8)
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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

  Productivity (3)
A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
Elbert Hubbard

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

It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
E. F. Schumacher

  Professional (2)
A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his work when he does feel like it.
James Agate

For a woman to attain a high level in a male-dominated profession, she has to work twice as hard and/or be twice as smart.
Elizabeth Mackay

  Progress (13)
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Neil Armstrong

And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green?
William Blake

Bureaucracy is the epoxy that greases the wheels of progress.
James Boren

We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
Bernardus Carnotensis

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

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

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

Profits are the lifeblood of the economic system, the magic elixir upon which progress and all good things depend ultimately. But one man's lifeblood is another man's cancer.
Paul Samuelson

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

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.

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

  Proof (1)
To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible.
Zoë Akins

  Prosperity (5)
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle

Globalization is an opportunity. Well managed, it will help drive forward efforts to build prosperity and eliminate poverty. Badly managed it will increase the divide between rich and poor.
Peter Hain

If we are to be more prosperous we need more millionaires and more bankrupts.
Keith Joseph

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

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

  Publicity (3)
Publicity is easy to get. Just be so successful you don't need it, and then you'll get it.
A Treasury of Humorous Quotations
Anonymous

Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience ... I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.
Paris Hilton

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

  Punctuality (1)
To be dilatory about giving orders, but to expect absolute punctuality, that is called being a tormentor.
Confucius

  Punishment (4)
All punishment is mischief: all punishment in itself is evil.
Jeremy Bentham

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

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

Any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul-destroying.
Evelyn Waugh

  Pure (1)
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter ... a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse

  Purpose (2)
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

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