Famous Quotes

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“You can’t improve what you can’t measure."
 - Gary Hood

“One generation plants the trees, the other gets the shade.”
- Chinese Proverb

"The pessimist borrows trouble; the optimist lends encouragement."
- William Arthur Ward

"You become what you think about."
- Earl Nightingale

"People with goals succeed because they know where they are going . . . It's as simple as that."
- Earl Nightingale

"You, too, can determine what you want. You can decide on your major objectives, targets, aims, and destination."
- W. Clement Stone

"The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want."
- Ben Stein

"Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working 24 hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force."
- Tom Blandi

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success."
- Henry David Thoreau

"The most important thing about goals is having one."
- Geoffry F. Abert

"This one step, choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything."
- Scott Reed

"The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and then focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we've already achieved them."
- Denis Waitley

"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it."
- Napoleon Hill

"Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin."
- Robert Collier

"Concentrate: put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket."
- Andrew Carnegie

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

"The first step to becoming is to will it."
- Mother Teresa

"I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature."
- John D. Rockefeller

"The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible."
- Richard M. DeVos

"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible."
- Orison Swett Marden

"Aim for success not perfection... Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person."
- Dr. David Burns

"He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king."
- John Milton

"Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it."
- Jim Rohn

"Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in making new landscapes but in having new eyes."
- Marcel Proust

"A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve."
- John Maxwell

"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it."
- Rabindranath Tagore

"In the power to change yourself is the power to change the world around you."
- Anwar Sadat

"Always bear in mind, that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing."
- Abraham Lincoln

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down."
- Mary Pickford

"Life does not require us to make good; it asks only that we give our best at each level of experience."
- Harold Ruopp

"Big goals get big results. No goals get no results or somebody else's results."
- Mark Victor Hansen

"When you believe you can - you can!"
- Maxwell Maltz

"Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
- The Dalai Lama

"Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results."
- Denis Waitley

"There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children . . . one is roots, the other wings."
- Stephen Covey

"The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck."
- Anthony Robbins

"It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed."
- Harvey S. Firestone

"Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed - there's so little competition."
- Elbert Hubbard

"When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve."
- Napoleon Hill

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."
- Benjamin Franklin

"When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first."
- Josiah Quincy

"The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose."
- E.M. Gray

"Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire."
- Napoleon Hill

"When evil men plot, good men must plan."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
- Robert F. Kennedy

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."
- Jack and Garry Kinder

"Thus to be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great."
- G. W. F. Hegel

"Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts."
- George F. Tiltonood

"Once you have a clear picture of your priorities - that is values, goals, and high leverage activities - organize around them."
- Stephen Covey

"Nothing happens unless first a dream."
- Carl Sandburg

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
- Albert Einstein

"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."
- Erma Bombeck

"A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing."
- Charles M. Schwab

"I dream my painting and then paint my dream."
- Vincent Van Gogh

"It’s always fun to do the impossible."
- Walt Disney

"Let us become the change we seek in this world."
- Mohandas Gandhi

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
- Chinese Proverb

"The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen."
- Lee Iacocca

"You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."
- Jack London

"If you don’t set goals for yourself, you are doomed to work to achieve the goals of someone else."
- Brian Tracy

"Control your destiny or somebody else will."
- Jack Welch

"You miss a 100 percent of the shots you don’t take."
- Wayne Gretzky

"The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done."
- Arnold Palmer

"I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have."
- Abraham Lincoln

"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Plan for the future, because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life."
- Mark Twain

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