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from 'a word to the wise'

"He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper."
- Edmund Burke

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
- Mark Twain

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
- Oscar Wilde

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."
- Amelia Earhart

"Don't compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance."
- Jerry Corstens

"Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition"
- Abraham Lincoln

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful"
- Norman Vincent Peale

"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me."
- Ayn Rand

"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime."
- Dale Carnegie

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
- Mae West

"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
- Harry S. Truman

"I can live for two months on a good compliment."
- Mark Twain

"Commitment is an act, not a word."
- Jean-Paul Sartre

"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."
- Author Unknown

"Say something positive and you'll see something positive."
- Jim Thompson

“Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
- Sir Winston Churchill

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

“Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.”
- Mike Ditka

“Life is a series of choices, and time is treasure – make good choices and use your time wisely.”
- Jim Afremow

"When someone does a small task beautifully, their whole environment is affected by it."
- Jerry Seinfeld

"To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
- Sun Tzu

"If there was just one word I could use to describe a successful person, that one word would be attitude."
- Bart Starr, NFL Quarterback & Super Bowl MVP

"Talent is given. Greatness is earned."
- Lemon Andersen

"Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility."
- Peter Drucker

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
- Jimmy Dean

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
- Albert Schweitzer

"Don't whine, don't complain... don't make excuses."
- John Wooden

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make"
- Jane Goodall

"There is no darkness but ignorance."
- Shakespeare

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Say something positive, and you'll see something positive"
- Jim Thompson

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year"
- Charles Dickens

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
- Mark Twain

"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do."
- Potter Stewart

"Make the most of every failure. Fall forward."
- Anonymous

"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air."
- John Quincy Adams

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. Complete mental and physical preparation has to do with sacrifice and self-discipline. And that comes from within."
- Arthur Ashe

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

"The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators."
- Edward Gibbon,
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

"Arete" is a Greek word. Translated as 'virtue', it actually means being the absolute best. It is not being better than someone or something else. It is being the best that you are capable of being.

"The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first."
- Ginger Rogers

"Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen".
- Phillip Adams

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed".
- Albert Einstein

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself".
- Andy Warhol

"I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it".
- Denzel Washington

"Discipline yourself so that others don't have to discipline you".
- John Wooden

Champions are made when no one is watching.

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
- William Shakespeare

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man"
- Benjamin Franklin

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."
- Roy L. Smith

"Good fortune shies away from gloom. Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things."
- Glorie Abelhas

"The ultimate goal should be doing your best and enjoying it."
- Peggy Fleming

"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."
- George S. Patton

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
- Thomas Jefferson

"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."
- Abraham Lincoln

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. Complete mental and physical preparation has to do with sacrifice and self-discipline. And that comes from within."
- Arthur Ashe

"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it."
- Jonathan Winters

"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
- Carl Bard

"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...we must do that which we think we cannot."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
- John Wooden

"One man had enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life."
- Edward B. Butler

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

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
- Leonardo daVinci

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
- Dr. Seuss

"Practice puts brains in your muscles."
- Sam Snead

"If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits."
- Don Ward

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be kindled."
- Plutarch

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."
- Arnold Bennett

"The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."
― Confucius

"Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.”
Richard Bach

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
― Calvin Coolidge

"So when you're cold
From the inside out
And don't know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome

"Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We don't receive wisdom: we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
- Marcel Proust

"Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel. Stride down there - and light the bloody thing yourself."
- Sara Henderson

"True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by."
- E. S. Bouton

"The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well."
- William Osler

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours."
- Richard Bach

"Success is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence."
- Colin Powell

"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."
- Thomas Jefferson

"Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust."
- Jesse Owens

"You become like the people you surround yourself with.
Choose carefully."

"Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength."
- Henry Ward Beecher

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
- Stephen R. Covey

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
- Albert Einstein

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
- Albert Camus

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
- Calvin Coolidge

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
- Confucius

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.  He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery.”
-Anne Frank

"Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre."
- Chet Atkins

"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come."
-Michael Jordan

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Act as if you do make a difference. It does."
- Will James

"A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
- Karen Lamb

"The single greatest test of Life is this: How much are you willing to struggle - to spend time, energy, and effort - to reach a desired outcome?"
- Laura Teresa Marquez

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly."
-Jim Rohn

“Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast...and one day you will build something that endures, something worthy of your potential.”
- Epictetus

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.”
- Colin Powell

Attitudes are contagious - is yours worth catching?

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."  - Benjamin Franklin

"Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
-Oren Arnold

"A good conscience is a continual Christmas." -Benjamin Franklin

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." -W.J. Cameron

Freedom is never free.
Thank a veteran!

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

"The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there." - John Buchan

"Only the gentle are ever really strong" - James Dean

"Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that reallly counts." - L.M. Montgomery

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong

Success – The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.

Risk – Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Potential – The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Perseverance – Barely hanging on and ahead by a mile both mean that you’re still in the game.

Dare – Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Focus - people with goals succeed because they know where they are going.

"Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it." - Ella Williams

"I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end." - Larry Bird

"It's hard to beat someone who won't quit." - Babe Ruth

"Some people have work thrown on them, very few people have excellence thrown on them.  They don't achieve it unwittingly or stumble across it... They achieve it through discipline and perseverance."

"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life." -Sister Mary Rose McGeady

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

"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you wil have to settle for the ordinary." - Jim Rohn

"If you can't feed 1,000 people, then feed one." - Mother Teresa

"Make training a daily regimen and improvement a constant preoccupation. You don't have to be in class to train. If you've achieved the warrior mind-set, you're looking for ways to fit some sort of training into every day." - F.E. Morgan

"Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." - W.T. Purkiser

"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship." - Buddha

"Why go into something to test the waters? Go into it to make waves."
- unknown author

"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots."
- Frank Howard Clark

"Leadership is not a position.  You are not a leader because you have the title.  Leadership is something we earn from followers on a day to day basis."
- unknown author

"Always do more than is required of you."
- General Patton

"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."
- Amelia Earhart

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."
- Confucius

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." -John Lubbock

"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."
-John Wooden

"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins--not through strength but by perseverance."
- H. Jackson Brown

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
-Albert Schweitzer

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
- Shakespeare

"Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against; not with the wind."
- Hamilton Wright Mabie

"You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him up to a heavy load."
- Paul "Bear" Bryant

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-John F. Kennedy

"Dignity does not consist of possessing honors, but in deserving them."
- Aristotle

"Don't let anybody walk through your mind with dirty feet."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes." - Epictetus

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."
- Leonardo da Vinci

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Q. Adams

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing."
-Edmund Burke

"He only profits from praise who values criticism."
-Heinrich Heine

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Elliot

"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 own responsibility."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

"Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
-Bertrand Russell

"When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it."
- W. Clement Stone

"The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand."
- Frank Herbert

"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees."
- Hal Borland

One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
  Chinese proverb

"Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength."
- Henry Ward Beecher

"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all."
- William Faulkner

“Advancement only comes with habitually doing more than you are asked.”
- Gary Ryan Blair

"Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best."
- Theodore Isaac Rubin

"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's."
-Henry Moore

"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone." -Charles Schulz

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain

"Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better."- Pat Riley

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
- John Q. Adams

"If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price than your opponent will ever pay."
- Charles “Bud” Wilkinson

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
- Martin Fraquhar Tupper

'You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims."
- Harriet Woods

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!"
-Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

"The most violent element in society is ignorance."
- Emma Goldman

"Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth happen while you're climbing it."

"Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts."
- Aristotle

"There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

"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

"The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions." - Confucius

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards." - V. S. Law

"People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have." -Anne Tyler

"Keep your hands up, your eyes open, and your mouth shut."
-Grandmaster C.E. Sereff

"Excellence is born of preparation, dedication, focus and tenacity. Compromise on any of these and you become average."
- Chatterton

"Our character…is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be."
- George Santayana (1863–1952)

"Without self-dicipline, success is impossible, period."
- Lou Holtz

" I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted."
- Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."
- Sam Ewing

"He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees." - Benjamin Franklin

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. "
- W. B. Yeats

"Every exit is an entry somewhere." - Tom Stoppard

"It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results."
- Warren Buffett

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes."
- Henry J. Kaiser

"You live through the darkness from what you learned in the light."
-Hope McDonald

"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
-Sir Winston Churchill

"The greatest achievements were at first and for a time dreams. The oak sleeps in the acorn." - James Allen

"Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the highest peak, and the deepest ocean, empty of all limiting thoughts."

"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."
- Ralph W. Sockman

"Action is eloquence. " - William Shakespeare

"Fear nothing; but respect everything. "

"Pleasure is a by-product of doing something that is worth doing. Therefore, do not seek pleasure as such. Pleasure comes of seeking something else, and comes by the way."

“Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.” - John Mitchell

"Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich".
–Sarah Bernhardt

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.”
- John Wayne

"People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it."
- Howard Newton

"The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication."
- Cecil B. DeMille (1881 - 1959)

 


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