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  Sacrifice (2)
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlin

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

  Sad (8)
One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can't eat ... nor make love for eight hours.
William Faulkner

Life is very insistent; and it always seems to be so when friends sadly leave us.
Alec Guinness

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal - every other affliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open - this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.
Washington Irving

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in.
C. S. Lewis

I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:

King John
William Shakespeare

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

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

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

  Sales (14)
There's a sucker born every minute.
P. T. Barnum

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Samuel Butler (Author)

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

What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

You can always buy something in English, you can't always sell something in English.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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

William Lever

A salesman has got to dream, boy, it comes with the territory.
Arthur Miller

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

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

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

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

I like to dress egos.
Gianni Versace

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

  Sarcasm (6)
He was a man with a great future behind him.
Angela Carter

Malachi scowled. I don't remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane.
They didn't, Magnus said. Your wards are down.
Really? the Consul's voice dripped sarcasm. I hadn't noticed.
Magnus looked concerned. That's terrible. Someone should have told you. He glanced at Luke. Tell him the wards are down.

City of Glass
Cassandra Clare

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

To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?
Jamie Lee Curtis

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
Groucho Marx

I'd like to introduce you to some friends of mine. I want to break off with them.
Henny Youngman

  Satisfaction (7)
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

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

We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

Winning is fun... Sure. But winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never letting up is the point. Never being satisfied with what you've done is the point.
Pat Summitt

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

  Say (8)
I would say that I've been lucky. Being blessed and not really ever giving up.
Babyface

And now I'm looking at you, he said, and you're asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before - bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it - but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.
City of Glass
Cassandra Clare

Not everything is about you, Clary said furiously.
Possibly, Jace said, but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.

City of Glass
Cassandra Clare

There is no pretending, Jace said with absolute clarity. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.
City of Glass
Cassandra Clare

To sit back and say, Oh, we're going to let the government do whatever they want, right or wrong, is giving up.
Michael Franti

When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That's when the sparkle started for me.
Mary Karr

Ever think of introducing yourself? Y.T. says.
Nah, he says, people always forget names. You can just think of me as that one guy, y'know?

Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

If we all say the same thing, then I think the government has to listen. But because no one is saying it, I become singled out, even though what I'm saying is common sense. It's very essential values that we all have to protect. But in Chinese society, people are giving up on protecting these values.
Ai Weiwei

  Scandal (3)
Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
Chris Argyris

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

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

  School (1)
My parents weren't keen on the giving up of school at the beginning to go into singing and dancing, but once they saw I was serious about it, they gave support. I was quite stubborn about my decision, and in the end, they realised it was for the best.
Kate Bush

  Scolding (4)
No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

  Search (2)
Giving up your core business in search of a phantom audience is not wise.
Roger Ailes

Most canele recipes begin with an instruction to brush $30 copper molds with melted beeswax. Unsurprisingly, I've never made it past the Internet search for used canele molds before giving up.
Samir Nosrat

      Seasons (1)
       Spring
       Summer (1)
       Autumn
       Winter

  Seasons

  Spring

  Summer (1)
Any pitcher who might throw at me should know I'm not giving up my day job or trying to get anyone else's job. I just can't think of anything cooler than being one of the boys of summer!
Garth Brooks

  Autumn

  Winter

  Secret (10)
The secret of life is not to do what you like but to like what you do.
Anonymous

At last the secret is out, as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell to the intimate friend;
Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire;
Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire.

W. H. Auden

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears.
Francis Bacon

Glass is, in general, the enemy of secrets. It is also the enemy of possession.
Experience and Poverty
Walter Benjamin

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

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

Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.
Edmund Leach

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

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

  See (10)
And even, if circumstances required, a contingency plan for his contingency plan's contingency plan.
Seeing Redd
Frank Beddor

For now. But if I ever decide you're useless, you are a dead man. To be killed by you is to be desired more than a life excluded from your service. Bravo. Her Imperial Viciousness laughed with genuine feeling. Bravo!
Seeing Redd
Frank Beddor

Only the previous day, Arch had found him in a spirit-dance corral, blistering the creatures to the point of death, such was his need to touch and destroy.
Seeing Redd
Frank Beddor

Well now, the scholar went on, I'm just an old fuddy-duddy who could use a tan, so you needn't grant my opinion any authority, but I consider the queendom lucky that a handful of Milliners and their children lived incognito among the population during Redd's tyranny.
Seeing Redd
Frank Beddor

And now I'm looking at you, he said, and you're asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before - bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it - but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.
City of Glass
Cassandra Clare

I am a waning bird encased in a glass sphere; I cannot see my prison, and my cries no one can hear.
An Owl on the Moon: A Journal from the Edge of Darkness
Craig Froman

I don't like giving up hits and stuff, but I try not to show it. I don't want the hitter to see that something bothers me.
Jacob deGrom

I see many youngsters giving up their IT jobs and going to farming or taking up organic farming so that kids in future will stay a bit more healthier. That's one cause I really want to take up.
Karthi

My love, you are driving the entire world mad. The nightingales are committing suicide one by one out of jealousy of your voice. The roses took one glance at your beauty and folded themselves from shame. The trees now only whisper your name and the sky hasn't stopped crying since you looked up. Have pity on us, my love. We have already broken all the mirrors and glass out of fear that you will forget us and fall in love with yourself once you see what we all cannot stop seeing.
Kamand Kojouri

John Keats / John Keats / John / Please put your scarf on.
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
J. D. Salinger

  Self (1)
A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Vera Nazarian

  Self-awareness (11)
I've learned the perimeter of my circle of confidence.
Warren Buffett

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

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.
Confucius

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Edmund Hillary

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

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

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

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

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
Billy Wilder

Hindsight gives everyone perfect vision.
Chris Wright

  Self-confidence (1)
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

  Self-esteem (7)
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

For workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work.
Judith M. Bardwick

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

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
André Gide

A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Vera Nazarian

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

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton

  Self-help (1)
A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Vera Nazarian

  Self-improvement (2)
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
William Faulkner

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

  Self-regard (6)
That favourite subject, Myself.
James Boswell

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

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

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

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
André Gide

One's belief that one is sincere is not so dangerous as one's conviction that one is right. We all feel we are right; but we felt the same twenty years ago and today we know we weren't always right.
Igor Stravinsky

  Self-reliance (2)
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

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao Tzu

  Self-respect ()

  Self-sacrifice (5)
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill

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

Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Spoken at inaugural address and inscribed on his memorial.
John F. Kennedy

I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of... I don't want to use the words self sacrifice, but that's what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.
Ivan Moody

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

  Selfish (5)
Men who continue hoarding great sums all their lives, the proper use of which for the public ends would work good to the community, should be made to feel that the community, in the form of the state, cannot thus be deprived of its proper share. By taxing estates heavily at death the state marks its condemnation of the selfish millionaire's unworthy life.
Andrew Carnegie

We can pay the ecological debt by changing economic models, and by giving up luxury consumption, setting aside selfishness and individualism, and thinking about the people and the planet Earth.
Evo Morales

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

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

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

  Sell (2)
If it doesn't sell, it isn't creative.
David Ogilvy

Don't sell the steak; sell the sizzle. It is the sizzle that sells the steak and not the cow, although the cow is, of course, mighty important.
Elmer Wheeler

  Serene (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

  Serious (5)
My parents weren't keen on the giving up of school at the beginning to go into singing and dancing, but once they saw I was serious about it, they gave support. I was quite stubborn about my decision, and in the end, they realised it was for the best.
Kate Bush

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

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

Giving up even an ounce of precious freedom is a very serious thing to do.
Chuck Schumer

Morality aside, there are other factors deterring strategic defaults, whether in recourse or nonrecourse states. These include the economic and emotional costs of giving up one's home and moving, the perceived social stigma of defaulting, and a serious hit to a borrower's credit rating.
Richard H. Thaler

  Services (6)
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

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill

That's what I say about restaurants - the back part is manufacturing, the front part is retailing, the theatre is what holds the whole thing together.
Terence Conran

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

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

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

  Shatter (2)
Your glass seems like it will always be half full even it falls down and shatters to pieces.
Together We Are Spiders
K. Jared Hosein

A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Vera Nazarian

  Shine (1)
Sometimes you think you've found love, when it's really just one of those objects that are shiny in a certain light--a trophy, say, or a ring, or a diamond, even. Glass shards, maybe. You've got to be careful, you do. The shine can blind you. The edges can cut you in way you never imagined. It is up to you to allow that or not.
The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Deb Caletti

  Signal (1)
Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
Cyril Connolly

  Silence (18)
You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Lyndon B. Johnson's office.
Anonymous

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

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Colton

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

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
Albert Einstein

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Robert Frost

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

A man is known by the silence he keeps.
Oliver Herford

Oh, if only it were possible to find understanding, Joseph exclaimed. If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of world history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn't there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?

The master had never heard him speak so fervently. He walked on in silence for a little, then said: There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht - I can see that they already have begun.
The Glass Bead Game
Hermann Hesse


Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.

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

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
Gloria Naylor

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Plutarch

And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Mathew Prior

No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.
The Wise Man's Fear
Patrick Rothfuss

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Jonathan Swift

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

  Simplicity (8)
Perfect beauty implies perfect simplicity, a quality that at first sight does not arouse the emotions which we feel before gigantic works, objects whose very disproportion constitutes an element of beauty.
Eugène Delacroix

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

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

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

Do not assume more variables than necessary.
William Ockham

I've been giving back since I was a teen, handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving and handing out toys at toys drives for Christmas. It's very important to give back as a youth. It's as simple as helping an old lady across the street or giving up your seat on the bus for someone who is pregnant.
Queen Latifah

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

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

  Sincerity (12)
Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Elizabeth Bowen

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Charles Colton

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

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

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
André Gide

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

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

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

We find it easy to believe that praise is sincere: why should anyone lie in telling us the truth?
Jean Rostand

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

One's belief that one is sincere is not so dangerous as one's conviction that one is right. We all feel we are right; but we felt the same twenty years ago and today we know we weren't always right.
Igor Stravinsky

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain

  Sing (3)
Praying is another way of singing.
You plant in the tree the soul of lemons.
You plant in the gardens the spirit of roses.

Song for Dov Shamir
Dannie Abse

My parents weren't keen on the giving up of school at the beginning to go into singing and dancing, but once they saw I was serious about it, they gave support. I was quite stubborn about my decision, and in the end, they realised it was for the best.
Kate Bush

A singer can shatter glass with the proper high note, he said, but the simplest way to break glass is simply to drop it on the floor.
The Vampire Lestat
Anne Rice

  Situation (2)
The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
Lewis Carroll

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind ... Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
Joseph Heller

  Size (14)
Beauty comes in all sizes - not just size 5.
Roseanne Barr

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

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

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

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

There is a misconception that small is always more beautiful than big.
Louis V. Gerstner Jr.

I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men, and his aversion to lean ones.
David Hume

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

I'm fat, but I'm thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there's a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there's a statue inside every block of stone?
George Orwell

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

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

Alfred Hitchcock: One look at you, Mr Shaw, and I know there's famine in the land.
Bernard Shaw: One look at you, Mr Hitchcock, and I know who caused it.

George Bernard Shaw

Going to marry her! Impossible! You mean a part of her; he could not marry her all himself ... There is enough of her to furnish wives for a whole parish ... You might people a colony with her; or give an assembly with her; or perhaps take your morning's walk round her, always provided there were frequent resting-places, and you were in rude health.
Sydney Smith

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

Edward Young

  Slave (3)
When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.
Maxim Gorky

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

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

  Sleep (10)
First person to fall asleep is a shit!
Party at her place.
Tallulah Bankhead

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

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

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

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

With a new baby, you have a bad day now and again because you're particularly tired, but most of the time, you're fine. You spend a lot of your time trying to figure out how you can get more sleep, but really, you're better off just giving up and admitting that you're not going to, so forget about it.
Deirdre O'Kane

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
Plutarch

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

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

I have never taken any exercise, except for sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Exercise is loathsome.
Mark Twain

  Smart (3)
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

Man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell

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

  Smile (8)
It takes seventy-two muscles to frown, but only thirteen to smile.
The Yearbook of Comfort and Joy
Anonymous

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
Elizabeth Bowen

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

You could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me.
She smiled up at him. Filthy as he was, covered in blood and dirt, he was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen.
But I don't want anything else in the world.

City of Glass
Cassandra Clare

A smile is the universal welcome.
Max Eastman

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like maybe we should be just friends turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.
The Kindly Ones
Neil Gaiman

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

Begin, baby boy: if you haven't had a smile for your parent, then neither will a god think you worth inviting to dinner, nor a goddess to bed.
Virgil

  Sober (1)
When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That's when the sparkle started for me.
Mary Karr

  Social Media (1)
A social media fast is a fast, I suppose like any other. In this case, you're simply giving up whether it be a device or a particular type of social media site. And I do this at least once weekly.
Tim Ferriss

  Society (5)
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov

The 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

Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.
Edmund Leach

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

If we all say the same thing, then I think the government has to listen. But because no one is saying it, I become singled out, even though what I'm saying is common sense. It's very essential values that we all have to protect. But in Chinese society, people are giving up on protecting these values.
Ai Weiwei

  Solitude (1)
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz

  Solution (1)
By blaming others, we fail to find the real solutions to our problems and we do not carry out our own responsibilities.
Jeb Bush

  Some (1)
I have been accused of allegedly giving up my free-market principles in supporting some of Donald Trump's proposed policies.
Larry Kudlow

  Someone (3)
I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee.
Bella Abzug

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like maybe we should be just friends turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.
The Kindly Ones
Neil Gaiman

I'm like, over love. Crush, smush. I can't. I'm giving up on love at this point. I'm hoping for a crush. Actually, no. I don't want a crush. I want someone to crush on me.
Xosha Roquemore

  Something (1)
Giving up something personal to the public, you are surrendering something.
Holly Hunter

  Sometimes (1)
I let previous instances creep up in my thought process sometimes. I think that's where things go awry, and that's where the walks come in. I'm not giving up many hits, just putting them on base for free.
Jake Arrieta

  Sorrow (4)
For the love of money is
the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have
erred from the faith, and
pierced themselves through
with many sorrows.

I Timothy 6:10, King James Version
Holy Bible
A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.
David Hume

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal - every other affliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open - this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.
Washington Irving

I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:

King John
William Shakespeare

  Space (0)

  Sparkle (1)
When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That's when the sparkle started for me.
Mary Karr

  Speak (3)
After a long silence, Dodge cleared his throat. I think I speak for all of us when I say, 'Huh?
Seeing Redd
Frank Beddor

I felt so out of place at the Miss India pageant. I had just come back from America, and I was told I needed to lose my American accent and learn the Queen's English, so I had to enunciate my vowels and speak well and eloquently. Giving up a New York accent is pretty hard.
Priyanka Chopra

Oh, if only it were possible to find understanding, Joseph exclaimed. If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of world history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn't there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?

The master had never heard him speak so fervently. He walked on in silence for a little, then said: There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht - I can see that they already have begun.
The Glass Bead Game
Hermann Hesse

  Special (1)
Americans have a special horror of giving up control, of letting things happen in their own way without interference.
William S. Burroughs

  Speech (50)
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Henry Adams

You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Lyndon B. Johnson's office.
Anonymous

The worst families are those in which the members never really speak their minds to one another; they maintain an atmosphere of unreality, and everyone always lives in an atmosphere of suppressed ill-feeling.
Walter Bagehot

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

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

Whereas logic is the art of demonstrating truth, eloquence is the gift of winning over people's hearts and minds so that you may inspire them and persuade them in whatever way you choose.
Jean de La Bruyère

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

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

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.
Mary Catherwood

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

Words are so futile, so feeble.
Charlie Chaplin

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
*Attribution questionable.
Winston Churchill

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Colton

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

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

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

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

Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Robert Frost

Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
Robert Greenleaf

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

If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
Piet Hein

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

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.
Eric Hoffer

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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

A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half-hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than four days - which should be a hanging offense.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham

Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.
Octavio Paz

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Plutarch

And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Mathew Prior

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

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

Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.

Othello
William Shakespeare

We often say a speaker needs no introduction: what most of them need is a conclusion. In my view, an after-dinner speech - and I've experienced 40,000 of them - needs a good beginning, a good ending, and not much space in between.
Ivor Spencer

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

The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
Adlai Stevenson

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Jonathan Swift

Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.
Publilius Syrus

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

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

It is a free press ... There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
Mark Twain

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

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

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.
Oscar Wilde

  Speed (3)
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.
Edward Young

  Staff (20)
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

Too many companies, especially large ones, are driven more and more narrowly by the need to ensure that investors get good quarterly returns and to justify executives' high salaries. Too often, this means that they view most employees as costs.
Hillary Clinton

Of all the things I've done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.
Walt Disney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You have to 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

  Stamina (1)
How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

  Standard (1)
Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.
Alan Bennett

  Start (4)
How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That's when the sparkle started for me.
Mary Karr

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

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

  Statistics (5)
Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Leonard Courtney

Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
Evan Esar

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

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
Rex Stout

July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
Mark Twain

  Sticker (1)
How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

  Stimulate (1)
I can charge a man's battery and then recharge it again. But it is only when he has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
Frederick Herzberg

  Stock (5)
Accounting issues did not cause Enron's stock price to fall - its failed business model did.
Joseph Berardino

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

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

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

Too many companies, especially large ones, are driven more and more narrowly by the need to ensure that investors get good quarterly returns and to justify executives' high salaries. Too often, this means that they view most employees as costs.
Hillary Clinton

  Stock Market (9)
The true investor welcomes volatility ... a wildly fluctuating market means that irrationally low prices will periodically be attached to solid businesses.
Warren Buffett

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

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

Never speculate ... if you have savings, invest them in solid securities, lands, or property. The man who gambles upon the exchanges is in the condition of the man who gambles at the gaming table. He rarely, if ever, makes a permanent success.
Andrew Carnegie

The market has no morality.
Michael Heseltine

I do not really understand the stock market.
Narayana Murthy

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

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

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

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

  Stop (1)
I'm not giving up acting, I'm definitely not going to stop.
Shane West

  Strategy (42)
This is not an age of castles, moats, and armor where people can sustain a competitive advantage for very long.
Richard D'Aveni

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

Business is all about putting out money today to get a whole lot back later.
Warren Buffett

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

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

Never speculate ... if you have savings, invest them in solid securities, lands, or property. The man who gambles upon the exchanges is in the condition of the man who gambles at the gaming table. He rarely, if ever, makes a permanent success.
Andrew Carnegie

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

For many businesses, the Internet is still a technology in search of a strategy.
Mary J. Cronin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a misconception that small is always more beautiful than big.
Louis V. Gerstner Jr.

Columbus didn't have a business plan when he discovered America.
Andrew Grove

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

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

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

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

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.
In the Harbor
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is better to be impetuous than circumspect. Experience shows that (fortune) is more often subdued by men who do this than by those who act coldly.
Niccolò Machiavelli

The time has now definitely come when every intelligent individual must learn to think globally, beyond the horizon of a narrow nationalist point of view.
Robert Maxwell

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

Today, if someone showed me a five-year plan, I'd toss out the pages detailing Years Three, Four, and Five as pure fantasy ... Anyone who thinks he or she can evaluate business conditions five years from now, flunks.
Mark McCormack

A leader has to be one of two things: he either has to be a brilliant visionary himself, a truly creative strategist, in which case he can do what he likes and get away with it; or else he has to be a true empowerer who can bring out the best in others.
Henry Mintzberg

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

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

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

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

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

In business as on the battlefield, the object of strategy is to bring about the condition most favorable to one's own side.
Kenichi Ohmae

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

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

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

Morality aside, there are other factors deterring strategic defaults, whether in recourse or nonrecourse states. These include the economic and emotional costs of giving up one's home and moving, the perceived social stigma of defaulting, and a serious hit to a borrower's credit rating.
Richard H. Thaler

If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Robert Townsend

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

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

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

  Strength (12)
Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice.
Minna Antrim

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

Many think that the price of discipleship is too costly and too burdensome. For some, it involves giving up too much. But the cross is not as heavy as it appears to be. Through obedience, we acquire much greater strength to carry it.
James E. Faust

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

If you want to become physically stronger, you'll need healthy habits - like going to the gym. You'll also have to give up unhealthy habits - like eating junk food. Building mental strength requires healthy habits - like practicing gratitude - while also giving up unhealthy behavior, like giving up after the first failure.
Amy Morin

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Stress (5)
Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.

William Cowper

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

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

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
E. O. Wilson

  Strong (13)
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

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

And now I'm looking at you, he said, and you're asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before - bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it - but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.
City of Glass
Cassandra Clare

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

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

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

Man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell

If you want to become physically stronger, you'll need healthy habits - like going to the gym. You'll also have to give up unhealthy habits - like eating junk food. Building mental strength requires healthy habits - like practicing gratitude - while also giving up unhealthy behavior, like giving up after the first failure.
Amy Morin

What I say is that just or right means nothing but what is in the interest of the stronger party.
Plato

Between us, love the buses at the door the long glass street two years, my death to yours my death upon your lips my face becoming glass strong challenged time making me win immortal our street our river a deadly glass to hold. Now they are feeding me into a steel mill furnace O love the stream of glass a stream of living fire.
The Book of the Dead
Muriel Rukeyser

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

Growing Stronger emerged from a need to relate my life experiences as well as my constant struggle to prevail each day, and as a reminder to myself of the importance of never giving up.
Thalía

  Struggle (2)
Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.
Magdalena Abakanowicz

Growing Stronger emerged from a need to relate my life experiences as well as my constant struggle to prevail each day, and as a reminder to myself of the importance of never giving up.
Thalía

  Stubborn (1)
I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
David Antin

  Study (1)
Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.
Kenneth Iverson

  Stupid (10)
By definition, risk-takers often fail. So do morons. In practice it's difficult to sort them out.
Scott Adams

The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't come out and those outside don't want to get in.
Arthur Brisbane

To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?
Jamie Lee Curtis

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Albert Einstein

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like maybe we should be just friends turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.
The Kindly Ones
Neil Gaiman

Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse.

E. Y. Harburg

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Elbert Hubbard

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
Friedrich Schiller

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
Thomas Szasz

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

  Style (1)
Ageing doesn't mean giving up on style and individuality; it doesn't mean abandoning fashion and living in comfy slippers and flannel knickers.
Twiggy

  Sublime (1)
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Napoléon Bonaparte

  Success (67)
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

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

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
Anonymous

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

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

A minute's success pays the failure of years.
Robert Browning

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

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

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

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

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Dale Carnegie

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
Coco Chanel

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

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

I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top.
Frank Colby

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

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

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

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

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Thomas Edison

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
Albert Einstein

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Success is power; because it maketh reputation of wisdom, or good fortune; which makes men either fear him or rely on him.
Thomas Hobbes

To me success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success represents 1 per cent of your work which results from the 99 per cent that is called failure.
Soichiro Honda

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

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

Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Spoken at inaugural address and inscribed on his memorial.
John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

The conduct of successful business merely consists in doing things in a very simple way, doing them regularly, and never neglecting to do them.
William Lever

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

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

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

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

If you aren't afraid to fail, then you probably don't care enough about success.
Mark McCormack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything. Men, it's the only thing!
Version A.
Henry Russell Sanders

Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing.
Version B.
Henry Russell Sanders

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

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
George Bernard Shaw

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

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

If you 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

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

Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
Lao Tzu

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

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
Gore Vidal

Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
Gore Vidal

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

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

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.

My own success was attended by quite a few failures along the way. But I refused to make the biggest mistake of all: worrying too much about making mistakes.
Kemmons Wilson

The most successful people are those who take pride in their work, pride in their family ... It is great to attain wealth, but money is really just one way - and hardly the best way - to keep score.
Kemmons Wilson

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

  Succession (2)
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

What if the child inherits my beauty and your brains?
George Bernard Shaw

  Suffering (5)
A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
Confucius

Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do.
Baltasar Gracián

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.
Helen Keller

I don't suffer fools, and I like to see fools suffer.
Florence King

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

  Suggest (1)
Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.
Mark McCormack

  Suicide (2)
My love, you are driving the entire world mad. The nightingales are committing suicide one by one out of jealousy of your voice. The roses took one glance at your beauty and folded themselves from shame. The trees now only whisper your name and the sky hasn't stopped crying since you looked up. Have pity on us, my love. We have already broken all the mirrors and glass out of fear that you will forget us and fall in love with yourself once you see what we all cannot stop seeing.
Kamand Kojouri

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

  Superiority (2)
That the object of the Brahmins in giving up beef-eating was to snatch away from the Buddhist Bhikshus the supremacy they had acquired is evidenced by the adoption of vegetarianism by Brahmins.
B. R. Ambedkar

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

  Support (2)
My parents weren't keen on the giving up of school at the beginning to go into singing and dancing, but once they saw I was serious about it, they gave support. I was quite stubborn about my decision, and in the end, they realised it was for the best.
Kate Bush

A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Vera Nazarian

  Surrender (2)
Giving up something personal to the public, you are surrendering something.
Holly Hunter

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

  Survival (10)
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.
Frank Buchman

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

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

Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Spoken at inaugural address and inscribed on his memorial.
John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive.
John Ruskin

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

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