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  Tact (1)
Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.
Oliver Herford

  Talent (9)
There is no such thing as great talent without great will-power.
Honoré de Balzac

It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley

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

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

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

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

You can judge the height of someone's talent by what he aspires to. Only a great thing can satisfy a great talent.
Baltasar Gracián

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

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

  Talk (3)
You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Lyndon B. Johnson's office.
Anonymous

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

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

  Tax (11)
Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.
Franklin P. Adams

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

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

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
Albert Einstein

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

Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
Milton Friedman

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

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

Under the hypnosis of war hysteria, with a pusillanimous Congress rubber-stamping every whim of the White House, we passed the withholding tax.
Vivien Kellems

Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
Margaret Mitchell

Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same income.
Plato

  Teaching (13)
Experience is a great teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
Minna Antrim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The only thing experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing.
André Maurois

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

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

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

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw

  Teamwork (3)
Teamwork is a constant balancing act between self-interest and group interest.
Susan Campbell

Self-deception operates both at the level of the individual mind, and in the collective awareness of the group. To belong to a group of any sort, the tacit price of membership is to agree not to notice one's own feelings of uneasiness and misgiving, and certainly not to question anything that challenges the group's way of doing things.
Daniel Goleman

A good team is a great place to be, exciting, stimulating, supportive, successful. A bad team is horrible, a sort of human prison.
Charles Handy

  Temper (1)
A tart temper mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.
Washington Irving

  Temptation (1)
By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Oscar Wilde

  Terror (1)
The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

  Terrorism (3)
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
George W. Bush

[The] city of New York and the United States of America is much stronger than any group of barbaric terrorists, that our democracy, that our rule of law, that our strength and our willingness to defend ourselves will ultimately prevail.
Rudy Giuliani

Hello, Condoleezza Rice? You have me to deal with now.
A masked Hamas gunman, joking into the telephone of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after taking control of his government compound on June 15, 2007.
Hamas

  Testimony (1)
No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish.
David Hume

  Theft (5)
Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.
Anton Chekhov

Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
G. K. Chesterton

See how the rascals use me! They will not let my play run and yet they steal my thunder!
John Dennis

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

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

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

  Thinking (23)
Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others are of what they know.
Aristotle

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

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

BRAIN, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think.
Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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

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

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

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

If two men agree on everything, you can be sure one of them is doing the thinking.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Think small and act small, and we'll get bigger. Think big and act big, and we'll get smaller.
Herb Kelleher

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

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

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.

John Milton

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

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

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

We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
Publilius Syrus

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

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

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

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

  Thought (4)
If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
Piet Hein

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

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

The thought of owning an island is perhaps the most romantic concept left to humankind in the 20th Century.
Caskie Stinnett

  Timid (2)
The timid man calls himself cautious, the sordid man thrifty.
Publilius Syrus

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

  Tiredness (1)
Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Oscar Wilde

  Today (7)
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 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

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

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

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa

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

  Tolerance (3)
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

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

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

  Tomorrow (7)
We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going... Concentrate on something useful.
Arnold Bennett

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

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

Khalil Gibran

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

Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.

Hamlet
William Shakespeare

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa

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

  Tool (1)
Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
Winston Churchill

  Top (1)
There is always room at the top - after the investigation.
Oliver Herford

  Tough (1)
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Honey Fitz
Anonymous

  Travel (1)
I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
Caskie Stinnett

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

  Trouble (3)
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

A man with a bristling grey beard [a yachtsman], said: I made up my mind, when I bought my first boat, never to learn to swim ... When you're in a spot of trouble, if you can swim you try to strike out for the shore. You invariably drown. As I can't swim, I cling to the wreckage and they send a helicopter out for me. That's my tip, if you ever find yourself in trouble, cling to the wreckage!
John Mortimer

The trouble with being a hypochondriac these days is that antibiotics have cured all the good diseases.
Caskie Stinnett

  Trust (8)
Every banker knows that if he has to prove that he is worthy of credit, however good may be his arguments, in fact his credit is gone.
Walter Bagehot

Never trust men with short legs. Brains too near their bottoms.
Noël Coward

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

Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.
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

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

Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.
Virgil

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

  Truth (25)
Every great scientific truth goes through three stages. First, people say it conflicts with the Bible. Next, they say it has been discovered before. Lastly, they say they have always believed it.
Louis Agassiz

As a general rule, if you want to get at the truth - hear both sides and believe neither.
Josh Billings

A triviality is a statement whose opposite is false. However, a great truth is a statement whose opposite may well be another great truth.
Niels Bohr

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

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

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

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
Samuel Butler (Author)

'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction.
George Byron

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

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
Khalil Gibran

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

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Baltasar Gracián

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

Mistakes are, after all, the foundation of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.
Carl Jung

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

Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
John Keats

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

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
Ivan Panin

What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
Boris Pasternak

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

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

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

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

Hamlet
William Shakespeare

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Adlai Stevenson

I don't mind what the opposition say of me, so long as they don't tell the truth about me; but when they descend to telling the truth about me, I consider that is taking an unfair advantage.
Mark Twain

  Try (2)
Working for a federal agency was like trying to dislodge a prune skin from the roof of the mouth. More enterprise went into the job than could be justified by the results.
Caskie Stinnett

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