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- A -
You come to me for advice, but you can’t cope with anything you don’t recognise. So I have to tell you something that you already know but make it sound like news.
Douglas Adams

We cannot choose what we are - yet what are we but the sum of our choices ?
Douglas Adams

You cannot see what I see because you see what you see. You cannot know what I know because you know what you know. What I see and what I know cannot be added to what you see and what you know because they are not of the same kind. Neither can it replace what you see and what you know, because that would be to replace you yourself.
Douglas Adams

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Addison

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.
George Allen

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigour's of the mind.
George Allen

If you don't know how to do something, you don't know how to do it with a computer.
Anonymous

If you don't have time to do it right you must have time to do it over.
Anonymous

It is better to declare the truth and be rejected than to withhold it just to be accepted.
Anonymous

If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
Anonymous

Nine women cannot have one baby in one month.
Anonymous

Retain your credibility by working at least as hard as everyone else
Anonymous

Explain what you want your people to do, then leave them to get on with it
Anonymous

Maintain a sense of humour
Anonymous

Goals cease to be realistic if there are too many of them - prioritise
Anonymous

Communicate clearly and concisely.
Anonymous

Remember there’s more to life than work.
Anonymous

If you’re more interested in the presentation than the content, you’re missing the point.
Anonymous

Mediocre people are always at their best.
Anonymous

Difficulties are stepping stones to success.
Anonymous

Calm down, it's only ones and zeros
Anonymous

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
Anonymous

A person hasn't failed miserably until he begins to blame others for his failure.
Anonymous

To those who only have a hammer, all problems looks like a nail.
Anonymous

The one who laughs last probably did not understand the joke.
Anonymous

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
Anonymous

A day without sunshine is like night.
Anonymous

To err is human, to forgive is Not Company Policy.
Anonymous

Diplomacy The art of letting someone have your way.
Anonymous

Another month ended ... All systems working well All targets met All customers satisfied All staff motivated and happy All pigs fed and ready to fly
Anonymous

Management advise that the beatings will continue until morale improves.
Anonymous

Management advise that due to financial constraints the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.
Anonymous

Lead me, follow me, or move out of the way.
Anonymous

If you’re feeling good, don’t worry, you’ll soon get over it !
Anonymous

The road of life can only reveal itself as it is travelled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man's future is hidden.
Anonymous

If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
Anonymous

Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.
Anonymous

Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Anonymous

Time invested in improving ourselves cuts down on time wasted in disapproving of others.
Anonymous

Life is a continual process of remaking ourselves.
Anonymous

Crises bring out the best in the best of us, and the worst in the worst of us.
Anonymous

Well done is better than well said.
Anonymous

Time spent in getting even would be better spent in getting ahead.
Anonymous

Think highly of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.
Anonymous

If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.
Anonymous

Ever notice that the area of a department store containing completely useless objects is called 'gifts?'
Anonymous

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
Janos Arany

I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.
Aristotle

Why? Why Not? Why Not You? Why Not Now?
Aslan

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.

W.H. Auden

Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
Marcus Aurelius

- B -
You teach best what you most need to learn.
Richard Bach

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.
Robert Benchley

You wake up in the morning, and your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. No one can take it from you. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.
Dr. Thomas Arnold Bennett

You can observe a lot by watching.
Yogi Berra

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
Josh Billings

The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
William Blake

What is now proved was once only imagined.
William Blake

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
Hal Borland

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the Beautiful Stuff out.

Ray Bradbury

We don't go anywhere. Going somewhere is for squares. We just go!

Marlon Brando, The Wild One (1954)

Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
Wernher von Braun

By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me.
Ashleigh Brilliant

Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
Les Brown

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.
Les Brown

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning

Out of difficulties grow miracles.

Jean De La Bruyere

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Buddha

Let a man avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.
Buddha

You can surmount the obstacles in your path if you are determined, courageous and hard working. Never be faint-hearted. Be resolute, but never bitter... Permit no one to dissuade you from pursuing the goals you set for yourselves. Do not fear to pioneer, to venture down new paths of endeavour.

Ralph J. Bunche

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.
Warren Buffett

The strong and virtuous admit no destiny.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Edmund Burke

Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can't wait to finish your breakfast. You can't wait to do your exercises. You can't wait to put on your clothes. You can't wait to get out - and you can't wait to come home, because the soup is hot.
George Burns

Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.
Richard E. Byrd

- C -
When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed its point.
Maria Callas

The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.
W. J. Cameron

The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
Julia Cameron

The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
Thomas Carlyle

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
Dale Carnegie

In man, the things which are not measurable are more important than those which are measurable.
Alexis Carrel

Science has to be understood in its broadest sense, as a method for comprehending all observable reality, and not merely as an instrument for acquiring specialized knowledge.
Alexis Carrel

The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or woman.
Willa Cather

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
Miguel de Cervantes

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers

Don't interrupt me while I'm interrupting.
Winston Churchill

When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.
Winston Churchill

We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.
Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.
Cicero

Poetry: the best words in the best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Look for a long time at what pleases you, and for a longer time at what pains you.
Colette

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.
C. C. Colton

He that thinks himself the wisest is generally the least so.
C.C. Colton

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Confucius

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Confucius

A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
Confucius

He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes. But he who never asks a question remains a fool forever.
Tom J. Connelly

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
James B. Conant

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence and determination.
Calvin Coolidge

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille

We first make a habit, then our habits make us
Steven Covey

I choose to... I have to...
I control my... She makes me...
Let’s explore... There’s nothing I can do...
I can... If only...
Steven Covey

Strengths lie in differences, not in similarities.
Steven Covey

I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work the more of it I seem to have.
Coleman Cox

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

E. E. Cummings

There are no atheists in foxholes.
William T. Cummings

- D -
As a general rule, people marry most happily with their own kind. The trouble lies in the fact that people usually marry at an age where they do not really know what their own kind is.
Robertson Davies

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination.
John Dewey, from The Quest For Certainty

Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens

Life is too short to be small.
Benjamin Disraeli

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me
Benjamin Disraeli

Knowledge must be gained by ourselves. Mankind may supply us with the facts; but the results, even if they agree with previous ones, must be the work of our mind.
Benjamin Disraeli

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
Benjamin Disraeli

Through perserverence many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
Benjamin Disraeli

A man who loses his money, gains, at the least, experience, and sometimes, something better.
Benjamin Disraeli

Success is never permanent, and failure is never final.
Mike Ditka

God is so omnipresent...God is an angel in an angel, and a stone in a stone, and a straw in a straw.
John Donne

Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.
John Donne

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the more important.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
Maureen Dowd

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter Drucker

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.
William Durant

- E -
Therefore, if you want to discover nature's nakedness, you must destroy its symbols, and the farther you get in the nearer you come to its essense. When you come to the One that gathers all things up into itself, there your soul must stay.
Meister Eckhart

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Thomas Alva Edison

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

One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. 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

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
Albert Einstein

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Albert Einstein

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
Albert Einstein

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
Albert Einstein

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Albert Einstein

I don't know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th will be fought with stones.
A. Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein

Recovering from failure is often easier than building from success.
Michael Eisner

Nothing is as good as it seems beforehand.
George Eliot

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
George Eliot

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing.
Duke Ellington

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every wall is a door.
Emerson

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Skill to do comes of doing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely . . . but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then d raw him at every attitude,
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a progress, and not a station.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To fill the hour-that is happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough. From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary.
Emmanuel

It is better to be silent, and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
Silvan Engel

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus

No man is free who is not master of himself.
Epictetus

Do not mistake a child for his symptom.
Erik Erikson

Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.
Euripides

- F -
I like children. Properly cooked.
W. C. Fields

You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.
Harvey Firestone

We should learn, by reflection on the misfortunes of others, that there is nothing singular in those which befall ourselves.
Thomas Fitzosborne

There is not now, and never will be, a language in which it is the least bit difficult to write bad programs.
Flon

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Fontenelle

Quality isn’t an option. It’s standard.
Ford Australia

Don't find fault, find a remedy.
Henry Ford

There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.
Henry Ford

You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Henry Ford

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

Henry Emerson Fosdick

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Anatole France

Anger is never without a reason but seldom a good one.
Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.
Benjamin Franklin

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few.
Benjamin Franklin

It is not until the well runs dry, that we know the worth of water.
Benjamin Franklin

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up and does not stop until you get into the office.
Robert Frost

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Robert Frost

Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.
Thomas Fuller

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.
Thomas Fuller

Better hazard once than always be in fear.
Thomas Fuller

Wealth is the product of energy times intelligence: energy turned into artefacts that "advantage" human life.
R. Buckminster Fuller

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
Buckminster Fuller

Dare to be naive.
Buckminster Fuller

Mum reckoned that getting lost and finding your way were just different sides of the same coin. You couldn't have one without the other.
Fynn (Mister God, This Is Anna)

- G -
You cannot teach a man anything.; you can only help him to find it for himself.
Galileo Galilei

Don't worry about anything. Worrying never solved anything. All it does is distort your mind.
Milton Garland (at 103, the oldest worker in the U.S.)

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mohandas Ghandi

They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.
Mahatma Ghandi

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Gandhi

Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
Gandhi

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
Charles de Gaulle

A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so that they will try to get there.
David Gergen

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
Edward Gibbon

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
Kahlil Gibran

Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.
Kahlil Gibran

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.
Kahlil Gibran

Be inspired with the belief that life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and grovelling thing that we are to shuffle through as we can, but an elevated and lofty destiny.
William E. Gladstone

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Goethe

Whatever you can do, or believe you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Goethe

Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action.
Goethe

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Goethe

Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people. Nor for others, easier.
Baltasar Gracian

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Grahm Greene, from The Power and the Glory

- H -
Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity.
Omar Idn Al-Halif

No one can be right all of the time, but it helps to be right most of the time.
Robert Half

Half the failures of this world arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
Augustus Hare

The greatest truths are the simplest.
A.W. Hare

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt

Virtually every important action in life involves educated guesswork. Too few chances reliably translate into too few victories.
Thomas Hazlett

Lots of people know a good thing the minute the other fellow sees it first.
J.E. Hedges

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
Georg Wilhelm F. Hegel

Experience is a good school but the fees are high.
Heinrich Heine

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. . . . As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Audrey Hepburn

If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it . . . write it in the sand near the water's edge.
Napoleon Hill

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Burton Hills

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.
Ben Hogan

Today I live in the quiet, joyous expectation of good.
Ernest Holmen

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every man should have a college education in order to show him how little the thing is really worth.
Elbert Hubbard

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Elbert Hubbard

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard

A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.
Elbert Hubbard

Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
Elbert Hubbard

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
Raymond Hull

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.
Thomas H. Huxley

- I -
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
Robert Ingersoll

Happiness is not a reward-it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment-it is a result.
Robert Ingersoll

The first rule of holes: When you’re in one, stop digging.
Molly Ivins

- J -
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Jesse Jackson

I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more good of it I have.
Thomas Jefferson

I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.
Thomas Jefferson, 1816

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.
Joineriana

The world steps aside to let any man pass if he knows where he is going.
David S. Jordan

The evening of a well spent life brings its lamps with it.
Joseph Joubert

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune.'
Carl Jung

- K -
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
Helen Keller

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks.
Helen Keller

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
Thomas a Kempis

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy

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

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
John F. Kennedy

The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.
Jean Kerr

Revelations are found in clouds.
Serge Kahili King

What you do when you don't have to, determines what you will be when you can no longer help it.
Rudyard Kipling

Great Opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.
Sally Koch

If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.
Arthur Koestler

- L -
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.
Ann Landers

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Ann Landers

The one law that does not change is that everything changes, and the hardship I was bearing today was only a breath away from the pleasures I would have tomorrow, and those pleasures would be all the richer because of the memories of this I was enduring.
Louis L'Amour

If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives.... But close up a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.
Ursula K. LeGuin

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
Oscar Levent

When complimented, a sincere ‘thankyou’ is the only response required.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Spend less time worrying about who’s right and more time on what’s right.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Keep it simple.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Never underestimate your power to change yourself.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Promise big, deliver big.
Life's Little Instruction Book

When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone’s day.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in a harbour is safe until its bottom rots out.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Hear both sides before judging.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Every so often push your luck. But not too often.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Everyday when you wake up, you have the opportunity to do and achieve anything you want. Most of the time this will never happen, but the opportunity is always there.
Life's Little Instruction Book

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Often the best thing about not saying anything is that it can’t be repeated.
Life's Little Instruction Book

It’s often past the time to do something when you start asking yourself if it’s time to do something.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
Life's Little Instruction Book

A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it’s a whisper.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Money was only invented so we could know how much we owe.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t expect others to listen to your advice and ignore your example.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Give yourself an hour to cool off before responding to someone who has provoked you. If it involves something important, give yourself overnight.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Give people the benefit of the doubt.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t waste time responding to your critics.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Resist telling people how something should be done. Instead, tell them what you want done. They will often surprise you with creative solutions.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Give people a second chance, but not a third.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Never criticise the person who signs your paycheck. If you are unhappy with your job, resign.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Be insatiably curious. Ask ‘why’ a lot.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to be appreciated.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference
Life's Little Instruction Book

Leave everything a little better than when you found it
Life's Little Instruction Book

Never deprive someone of hope, it may be all they have left
Life's Little Instruction Book

Learn to listen.... Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly
Life's Little Instruction Book

Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters nothing is as important as it first seems.
Life's Little Instruction Book

When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you’re going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Under delivery of service can be hazardous.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Under delivery of service can be hazardous.
Life's Little Instruction Book

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to be beat him at politeness.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Be a fountain, not a drain
Life's Little Instruction Book

We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks and nothing from wise guys.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t pay a compliment and expect a receipt
Life's Little Instruction Book

Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought
Life's Little Instruction Book

Why not ?
Life's Little Instruction Book

Just Because.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t let anyone talk you out of pursuing what you know to be a great idea.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Be prepared to lose once in a while.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Know when to keep silent. Know when to speak up.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who help you.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Start meetings on time regardless of who’s missing.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t procrastinate. Do what needs doing when it needs to be done.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Share Credit.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Do more than is expected.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t accept ‘good enough’ as good enough.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Every person that you meet knows something that you don’t. Learn from them.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Do it right the first time.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t be afraid to say ‘I don’t know’.
Don’t be afraid to say ‘I made a mistake’.
Don’t be afraid to say ‘I need help’.
Don’t be afraid to say ‘I’m sorry’.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Watch for big problems. They disguise big opportunities.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Learn the rules. Then break some.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Volunteer. Sometimes the jobs that no one wants conceal big opportunities.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Accept the fact that regardless of how many times you are right, sometimes you will be wrong.
Life's Little Instruction Book

The moment you say ‘I give up’ is the moment someone else says ‘What an opportunity’.
Life's Little Instruction Book

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t run with scissors.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Plant zucchini only if you have lots of friends.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Rarely does luck favour those who are unprepared.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Do your homework and know your facts, but remember it’s passion that persuades.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Do the right thing, regardless of what others think.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Never threaten if you don’t intend to back it up.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Try not to be a person who says ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Try not to be a person who says ‘Ready, Aim, Aim, Aim’
Life's Little Instruction Book

Some things need doing better than they’ve ever been done before. Some things just need doing. Some things don’t need doing at all. Know which is which.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t think the bosses know all the right answers. They don’t.
Life's Little Instruction Book

If you want your ship to come in, build a dock.
Life's Little Instruction Book

There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
Life's Little Instruction Book

It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all of the answers.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Learn to Juggle.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t say no until you’ve heard the whole story.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Don’t accept unacceptable behaviour
Life's Little Instruction Book

Apologise immediately if you lose your temper.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Do a good job, not because you have to, but because you want to.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Take criticism as well as praise with equal grace.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Spend your time creating not criticising.
Life's Little Instruction Book

Try raising your voice inversely proportional to how angry you feel.
Life's Little Instruction Book

When there is a hill to climb, waiting does not make it smaller.
Life's Little Instruction Book

I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.
Abraham Lincoln

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.
Abraham Lincoln

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Research serves to make building stones out of stumbling blocks.
Arthur D. Little

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
James Russel Lowell

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
John Lubbock

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
John Lubbock

Nobody's ever insulted to be invited.
Mrs. Leonard Lyons

A person who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Max Lucado

- M -
There is no security on earth; there is only opportunity.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Risk! Risk Anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those other voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
Katherine Mansfield

A man of courage flees forward in the midst of new things.
Jacques Maritain

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Karl Marx

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

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.
Groucho Marx

A man's only as old as the woman he feels.
Groucho Marx

Last night I shot an elephant in my Pajamas and how he got in my pajamas I'll never know.
Groucho Marx

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
Groucho Marx

Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.
Orison S. Marden

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.
Orison S. Marden

It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it.
W. Somerset Maugham

It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.
Rollo May

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibres, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as courses, and they come back to us as effects.
Herman Melville

For every problem, there is one solution which is simple, neat and wrong.
H. L. Mencken

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and music.
Agnes de Mille

A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one.
J. Pierpont Morgan

Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.
Christian Morgenstern

What you have in your mind, your talents, your native abilities, no one can take from you. When you die you take them with you. Use them diligently while you are here.
Alfred A. Montapert

Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
Alfred A. Montapert

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
Alfred A. Montapert

The only calendar I need is just outside my window. With eyes to see and ears to hear, nature keeps me posted.
Alfred A. Montapert

What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
Hugh Mulligan

- N -
He who hides his generosity is doubly generous.
Jose Narosky

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
George Jean Nathan

In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
Howard W. Newton

- O -
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
Flannery O'Connor

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.
Austin O'Malley

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
James Oppenheim

When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.
Patrick Overton

My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
Ovid

- P -
In all fields of human endeavour, 80 percent of the results flow from 20 percent of the activities.
Pareto

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.
Dorothy Parker

We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.
Blaise Pascal

Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom.
M. Scott Peck

Television has changed the American child from an irresistible force to an immovable object.
Laurence J. Peter

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
Pablo Picasso

Remember that life is not measured in hours but in accomplishments.
James A. Pike

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
Linus Pauling

Where there is much to risk, there is much to consider.
Platenus

The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

He who digs a hole for another may fall in himself.
Russian Proverb

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.
Chinese Proverb

All sunshine makes the desert.
Arab Proverb

The beginning is the half of every action.
Greek Proverb

The best armor is to keep out of range.
Italian Proverb

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
Chinese Proverb

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
Spanish Proverb

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
Arab Proverb

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Chinese Proverb

He who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne.
Russian Proverb

If work were good for you, the rich would leave none for the poor.
Haitian Proverb

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
Russian Proverb

If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.
Chinese Proverb

It is easier to pull down than to build up.
Latin Proverb

Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.
Chinese Proverb

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
African Proverb

A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.
Amercian Proverb

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
Scottish Proverb

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
African Proverb

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.
Thomas Pynchon

- R -
People who believe a problem can be solved tend to get busy solving it.
William Raspberry

You can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit.
Ronald Reagan

Children are entitled to their otherness, as anyone is; and when we reach them, as we sometimes do, it is generally on a point of sheer delight, to us so astonishing, but to them so natural.
Alastair Reid

Philosophers have argued for centuries about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but materialists have always known it depends on whether they are jitterbugging or dancing cheek to cheek.
Tom Robbins

The greatest of all gifts is the power to estimate things at their true worth.
La Rochefoucauld

I can remember way back when a liberal was one who was generous with his money.
Will Rogers

It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
Will Rogers

Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead.
Will Rogers

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation. I never yet talked to the man who wanted to save time who could tell me what he was going to do with the time he saved.
Will Rogers

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to he man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure . . . than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.
Rumi

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
Mark Russell

- S -
Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.
Anwar El-Sadat

There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.
St. Francis De Sales

You are what you think about all day long.
Dr. Robert Schuller

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw, from Man and Superman

It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
George Bernard Shaw

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Our lives are like a candle in the wind.
Carl Sandburg

Life is no brief candle to me. I is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw

It is the experience of living that is important, not searching for meaning. We bring meaning by how we love the world.
Bernie S. Siegel, MD

Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker.
Amarillo Slim

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
Samuel Smiles

The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.
Roy L. Smith

Misers are no fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.
Tom Snyder

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Sophocles

There is no sense in crying over spilt milk.
Sophocles

The hardest heads break the soonest.
Sophocles

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Sophocles

It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization - It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.
Charles Sorenson

Perhaps a child who is fussed over gets a feeling of destiny, he thinks he is in the world for something important and it gives him drive and confidence.
Dr. Benjamin Spock

It is said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
Charles H. Spurgeon

Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
Laurence Sterne

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson

There is so much good in the worst of us, an so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
Robert Louis Stevenson

I know what pleasure is, for I have done good work.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
Jonathan Swift

Beware the fury of a patient man.
Publius Syrus

You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.
Publius Syrus

- T -
If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, 'There goes another day of my life, never to return,' you will become time conscious.
A. B. Zu Tavern

To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
William M. Thackeray

There should be less talk. . . . What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough.
Mother Theresa

For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the roots.
Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears however measured and far away.
Henry David Thoreau

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
Henry David Thoreau

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Henry David Thoreau

Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.
Henry David Thoreau

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
Dr. Dale Turner

Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
Mark Twain

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

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Mark Twain

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
Mark Twain

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
Mark Twain

Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.
Mark Twain

It is discouraging to try and penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to get it out and dance on it. That would take some of the rigidity out of it.
Mark Twain

Progress is not created by contented people.
Frank Tyger

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

Lao Tzu

Give a man a fish, you feed him for the day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao-Tzu

- V -
Fortune favours the bold.
Virgil

Each man is led by his own liking.
Virgil

Fortune is a great deceiver. She sells very dear the things she seems to give us.
Vincent Voiture

Le sens commun n'est pas si commun
(Common sense is not so common)
Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Voltaire

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Voltaire

- W -
Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.
Karl "The Great" Wallenda

The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
The realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; it is better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington

The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer.
Thomas J. Watson

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
H.G. Wells

It matters not how many fish are in the sea . . . if you don't have any bait on your hook.
Dial West

When choosing between two evils, I always like to pick the one I never tried before.
Mae West

Everything important has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
Alfred North Whitehead

There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.
Dr. Who

If you trim your sails and make decisions based on expediency, it will come back to bite you in the rear. You ought to do what’s right. You may pay a short-term price, but at least you’ll be able to sleep at night, and in the long term, I think people will understand.
Pete Wilson (Former California Governor)

Punctuality is the thief of time.
Oscar Wilde

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Oscar Wilde

We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness.
Bern Williams

Not doing more than average is what keeps the average down.
William Winans

The music in my heart I bore long after it was heard no more.

William Wordsworth

Ability is a poor man's wealth.
M. Wren

You can't have everything... where would you put it?
Stephen Wright

Business is like riding a bicycle. Either you keep moving or you fall down.
John D. Wright
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