Quotations


Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

David Lloyd George

AchievementRisk

The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that you are working for someone else.

Eleanor Roosevelt

AchievementRegret

If you’re still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today.

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AchievementProgress

If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do.

Michael Phelps

AchievementSuccess

Listen to the mustn'ts child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
The impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
Then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.

Shel Silverstein

AchievementProgress

I hate writing, I love having written.

Dorothy Parker

AchievementSuccessWriting

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.

John Neal

Achievement

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

AchievementAttitude

Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?

Frank Scully

AchievementRisk

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Jack Donahue (Team Canada)

AchievementRisk

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.

Iris Murdoch

Achievement

People seldom become famous for what they say until after they are famous for what they have done.

Clayton Hightower

Achievement

To have lived well, laughed often and loved much;
to have gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children;
to have filled a niche and accomplished a task;
to have left the world better – whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul;
to have appreciated earth’s beauty and not failed to express it;
to have looked for the best in others, and to have given the best of yourself.
That is achievement.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Achievement

The Feynman Problem Solving Algorithm:
1) Write down the problem.
2) Think very hard.
3) Write down the solution.

Richard Feynman

AchievementSuccess

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

Dali Lama

AchievementSuccess

Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

Stephen Covey

Achievement

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

Rich Cook

AchievementTechnology

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

T.S. Eliot

Achievement
Risk

If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

AchievementCreativity

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

T.E. Lawrence

Achievement

Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Buddha

Anger

When you react, you let others control you. When you respond, you are in control.

Bohdi Sanders

AngerSelf-Control

There is nothing wrong with having butterflies; the challenge is teaching them to fly in formation.

Jack Donahue (Team Canada)

AnxietySelf-Control

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.

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Anxiety

A single fact will often spoil an interesting argument.

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Arguments

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

Joseph Joubert

ArgumentsProgress

The first man to raise a fist is the man who’s run out of ideas.

H.G.Wells

ArgumentsCharacterSelf-Control

People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.

Will Rogers

Arguments

Too often, we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy

Arguments

Today, even a blank sheet of paper is in danger of being considered a work of art.

Robert Lembke

Art

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

Pablo Picasso

Art

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once s/he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

Art

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

AttitudeMotivation

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.

Abraham Lincoln

AttitudeRespectPeople

Live life the second time around as if you got it wrong the first time.

Victor Frankel

AttitudeLife

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters - one represents DANGER, and the other represents OPPORTUNITY.

John F. Kennedy

AttitudeCourageRisk

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before?" or "What if I knew I would never see it again?".

Rachel Carson

AttitudeJoy

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

Confucious

AttitudeRegret

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.

E.B. White

Attitude

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently.

Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)

AttitudeLife

An entrepreneur is the kind of person who will work 16 hours a day just to avoid having to work 8 hours a day for someone else.

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Business

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Change

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.

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Change

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.

Washington Irving

Change

The longer you're a teacher, the less you remember what it is like to be a student.
The longer you're a doctor, the less you remember what it is like to be a patient.
The longer you're a coach, the less you remember what it is like to be a player.
Change positions. A new perspective can improve your old methods.

James Clear

ChangeCoaching

To a disciple who was forever complaining about others, the Master said, ‘If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth'.

Anthony de Mello

Change

Change can be frightening, and the temptation is often to resist it. But change almost always provides opportunities - to learn new things, to rethink tired processes, and to improve the way we work.

Klaus Schwab

ChangeLearning

People who can change and change again are so much more reliable and happier than those who can't.

Stephen Fry

ChangeSuccess

I think it would be a good idea.

Mahatma Gandhi (re: Western civilization)

Change

Character is like the foundation to a house... it is below the surface.

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Character

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

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Character

The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.

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CharacterCourage

It’s better to be seen for who you are and be alone, than to be accepted for someone you are not and be lonely.

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Character

How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.

Wayne Dyer

Character

When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.

James Whitcomb Riley

CharacterPeople

Just be yourself. Unless you're a jerk. Then be someone else.

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Character

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

English Proverb

Character

The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the full light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny...it is the light that guides your way.

Heraclitus

Character

Character is revealed by what you do when no one is noticing.

Frank Enns

Character

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.

Goethe

Character

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus (Untrue in one thing, untrue in everything).

Judge Jackson (re: Microsoft case)

Character

Raise your words, not your voice. It is the rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Rumi

CoachingEducationLeadership

A good teacher does not teach facts, he or she teaches enthusiasm, open-mindedness and values..

Gian-Carlo Rota

CoachingEducationLeadership

Confidence is the memory of success.

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ConfidenceSuccess

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.

Samuel Johnson

ConfidenceFriends

Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition. But the problem with it is we see it in other people, and we don’t see it in ourselves. The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.

David Dunning & Justin Kruger

Confidence

One finger can’t lift a pebble.

Hopi Proverb

CooperationTeamwork

One hand cannot applaud.

Arabian Proverb

CooperationTeamwork

Even a sheet of paper is lighter when two people lift it.

Korean Proverb

CooperationTeamwork

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

CooperationKindness

Politeness is the poison of collaboration.

Edwin Land

CooperationTeamwork

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

Ryunosuke Satoro

CooperationTeamwork

It is amazing how much work can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.

John Wooden (UCLA)

CooperationSuccessTeamwork

None of us is as smart as all of us.

Ken Blanchard

CooperationTeamwork

Courage is being afraid, but going on anyhow.

Dan Rather

Courage

The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, he is just brave five minutes longer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage

Bravery is being the only one who knows you are afraid.

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Courage

When you’re going through Hell, keep going.

Sir Winston Churchill

Courage

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

Mark Twain

Courage

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

CourageConfidenceExperience

Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

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Courage

One man with courage is a majority.

Thomas Jefferson

Courage

Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.

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Courage

All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you. Grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.

Admiral William S. Halsey

Courage

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.

Sir Winston Churchill

Courage

Only the most foolish of mice would hide in a cat’s ear. But only the wisest of cats would think to look there.

Scott Love

Creativity

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Creativity

Advertising is the price you pay for being unoriginal.

Yves Behar

Creativity

If a man’s only tool is a key, he will imagine every problem is a lock.

Abraham Maslow

Creativity

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

Albert Einstein

Creativity

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.

Emile Chartier

Creativity

Greatness and Madness are next door neighbors and they borrow each other's sugar.

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CreativitySuccess

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.

John Maynard Keynes

CreativityChange

Poetry and hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.

Winnie the Pooh

CreativityArt

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

Howard W. Newton

CreativityArguments

Tact: Ability to tell a man he's open-minded when he has a hole in his head.

Jean Cocteau

CreativityCreativity

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Creativity

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.

Steve Jobs

Creativity

Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all. Everyone makes design decisions all the time without realizing it–like Moliere’s M. Jourdain who discovered he had been speaking prose all his life–and good design is simply the result of making these decisions consciously, at the right stage, and in consultation with others as the need arises.

Douglas Martin

Design

To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.

Paul Rand

Design

When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, so everybody can like it when the other make it after you.

Pablo Picasso

Design

To design is to plan, to order, to relate, and to control. In short, it opposes all means of disorder and accident.

Emil Ruder

Design

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Raymond Adams

DesignCreativity

A picture is worth a thousand words, unless of course, you’re talking about a picture of a thousand words.

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Design

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a prototype is worth a thousand pictures.

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DesignLearning

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a prototype is worth a thousand meetings.

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DesignLearning

It is the loose ends on which men hang themselves.

Zelda Fitzgerald

Design

A good designer can organise chaos. A great designer can eliminate chaos.

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Design

Diagnose with data. Treat with design.

Chandra Narayanan

Design

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.

Elbert Hubbard

Design

I outlawed the word ‘consumer’ in all company meetings, and insisted it be replaced by the words ‘my friend,’ ‘my wife, ‘my daughter,’ ‘my mother,’ or ‘myself.’ It doesn’t sound the same at all, if you say: ‘It doesn’t matter, it’s shit, but the consumers will make do with it,’ or if you start over again and say, ‘It’s shit, but it doesn’t matter, my daughter will make do with it.’ All of a sudden, you can’t get away with it anymore. There is an enormous task to be done with this kind of symbolic repositioning.” We ARE designing for people by creating great “things” to help them … not great products that they buy! and I found this grounded people in persona work.

Phillipe Starck

Design

Design is only obvious in retrospective.

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Design

A picture is worth a thousand words and that's the problem!

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Design

For any given thousand words, it's hard to come up with a picture.

Yuri Englehart

Design

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.

Enrique Jardiel Poncela

DesignWriting

A picture is worth a thousand words, but it will take longer to download.

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Design

Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.

Neville Brody

Design

The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.

Paul Rand

Design

Don't make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don't hesitate to make it beautiful.

Shaker Dictum/Proverb

Design

Simple things should be simple, and complex things should be possible.

Alan Kay

DesignSimplicity

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.

John Gall

DesignSimplicity

Findability precedes usability. In the alphabet and on the Web. You can’t use what you can’t find.

Peter Morville

Design

We see what we look for, not what we look at.

George Neisser

Design

Design is the process of going from an existing condition to a preferred one. Observe that there’s no relationship to art.

Milton Glaser

DesignArt

If the automobile had followed the same development as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.

Robert Cringely

Design

If you don’t hire engineers, you are not going to get code. If you don’t hire designers, you are STILL going to get design…it is just likely going to suck.

Jeff Patton

Design

Complexity is the problem; Ease of use is the solution; Productivity is the impact.

John Falk Kelley

DesignSimplicity

To dismiss basic contexts such as link colours, page layouts, navigation systems, and visual hierarchy as "boring" or "pedestrian" is akin to laughing at a car's steering wheel as unimaginative.

Jeffrey Veen

Design

The sooner you start to code, the longer the program will take.

Roy Carlson

Design

If I had 20 days to solve a problem, I would take 19 days to define it.

Albert Einstein

Design

No system is so foolproof that it can't be brought to its knees by a well-intentioned novice.

Dick Miller

Design

You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledgehammer on the construction site.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Design

You can design for all of the people some of the time. You can design for some of the people all of the time. But you can't design for all of the people all of the time.

William Hudson

Design

Design is neither form alone nor function alone, but the aesthetic synthesis of the two.

F.A. Porsche

Design

The particular satisfaction derived from the simplicity of a thing can be called elegance. When we speak of an elegant solution, we refer to something that reduces the complex to the simple.

Victor Papanek

DesignSimplicity

When one part does the work of two, the elegance of the solution is always enhanced.

Kevin Mullet & Darrell Sano

DesignSimplicity

If you can't explain it simply, you do not understand it well enough.

Albert Einstein

DesignSimplicity

What is simple should be treated simply. What is difficult should be reduced to the simplest terms.

Josef Müller-Brockmann

DesignSimplicity

Sight is a faculty; seeing is an art.

George Perkins March

DesignArt

When all else fails, standardize.

Donald Norman

Design

Lurking behind chartjunk is contempt both for information and for the audience. Chartjunk promoters imagine that numbers and details are boring, dull, and tedious, requiring ornament to enliven. Cosmetic decoration, which frequently distorts the data, will never salvage an underlying lack of content. If the numbers are boring, than you’ve got the wrong numbers.

Edward Tufte

Design

The nice thing about standards is that we have so many to choose from.

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Design

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

DesignSimplicity

For every problem, there is one solution that is simple, neat and wrong.

H. L. Mencken

DesignSimplicity

The details are not the details. They make the design.

Charles Eames

Design

To err is human, to forgive design.

Andrew Dillon

Design

To err is human, to avert, design.

Todd Zazelenchuk

Design

Pardon the length of this letter. I didn’t have the time to write a short one.

Blaise Pascal

Design

People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives.

Thomas Mann

Design

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Sir Winston Churchill

Design

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

DesignPerfection

Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.

Edward Tufte

Design

Designing to requirements and walking on water are easy if both are frozen.

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Design

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

R. Buckminster Fuller

Design

The only thing more expensive than hiring a professional, is hiring an amateur.

Red Adair

DesignExperience

You'll never have all the information you need to make a decision. If you did, it would be a foregone conclusion, not a decision.

David Mahoney

Design

There is no perfect design. Accommodating one constraint well can often lead to conflict with others. For example, the lightest material may not be the strongest, or the most efficient shape may not be the safest or the most aesthetically pleasing.

Walter Dick

DesignPerfection

Easy is hard.

Peter Lewis

Design

In design, sometimes one plus one equals three.

Josef Albers

Design

Design is the conscious and intuitive effort to impose a meaningful order to chaos.

Victor Papanek

Design

Every now and then go away...go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.

Leonardo da Vinci

Design

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

Charles Mingus

DesignSimplicity

You have to admire the Wetnaps interface; instructions that say ‘tear open and use’.

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DesignSimplicity

If you are not sure where you are going, any road will take you there.

The Koran

Direction

The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.

Edward R. Murrow

Direction

You know when you are on the right road because it’s all uphill.

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Direction

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

Sir Winston Churchill

Direction

Common sense is not so common.

Voltaire

Direction

Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions...but with the future of present decisions.

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Direction

To find many things, look for one thing.

Pavese

Direction

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Ursula K. le Guin

Direction

If a million people say or do a stupid thing, it still remains a stupid thing.

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Direction

Wherever you go, there you are.

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Direction

A shortcut is often the quickest way to someplace you weren’t going.

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Direction

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Yogi Berra

Direction

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

Sir Winston Churchill

Direction

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

Chinese Proverb

Direction

Predictions are hard...especially when they are about the future.

Yogi Berra

Direction

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.

Yogi Berra

Direction

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

Harvey Mackay

Direction

There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. One has to go abroad in order to find the home one has lost.

Franz Kafka

Direction

We shall not cease from exploration.
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot

Direction

Kids are always the only future the human race has.

William Saroyan

Education

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

General George S. Patton Jr.

EducationCoaching

Tell me, I’ll forget,
Show me, I may remember.
But involve me,
and I will understand.

Chinese Proverb

EducationCoaching

The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

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Education

Computers are useless. They only give you answers.

Pablo Picasso

Education

I never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain

Education

Education is very admirable, but let us not forget that anything worth knowing cannot be taught.

Oscar Wilde

Education

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.

René Descartes

Education

A school is just a building with four walls and a roof with tomorrow inside.

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Education

Specialization is getting to know more and more about less and less until we know everything about nothing.

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Education

A child who cannot learn is like a person who, upon throwing a stone to the ground, misses.

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EducationLearning

When there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men and women is but knowledge in the making.

Milton

EducationLearning

No one has yet to program a computer to be of two minds about a hard problem or to burst out laughing.

Lewis Thomas

Education

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.

Frederick Amiel

EducationCoach

Children stand more in need of example than criticism.

Joseph Joubert

EducationCoaching

Some teachers believe their job is to teach children everything they know. In today’s world, however, that is not enough. Children must be taught to learn more than what their teachers know.

National Institute ‘91

EducationLearning

Universities are full of knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in and the seniors take none away, and knowledge accumulates.

Abbott L. Lowell

Education

It is good for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations.

Sir Winston Churchill

Education

A teacher is better than two books.

Chinese Proverb

Education

A book is a present you can open again and again.

Patricia Thompson | Class 6Z

Education

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer

EducationCoaching

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Ellen Parr

Education

There are three ways to teach a child. The first is by example. The second is by example. The third is by example.

Albert Schweitzer

EducationCoaching

People who can read...should!

Jim Davis (Garfield)

Education

I don’t give a damn for any man who can spell a word only one way!

Mark Twain

Education

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

Muhatma Gandhi

EducationLearning

Always try to phrase things in the positive rather than the negative. Telling one to ‘Stay loose’ is much more effective than saying, ‘Don’t tighten up!’ Need more proof? When I say, ‘Don’t think of a pink elephant with blue shoes on’, what is the first thing to go through your mind?

Peter Jensen (Team Canada)

EducationCoaching

To teach is to learn twice over.

Joseph Joubert

EducationLearning

A school isn’t just a building; it’s a bank in which we deposit our children and withdraw our future.

Bob Rafferty

Education

If you’ve told a child a thousand times, and the child still has not learned, then it is not the child who is the slow learner.

Walter Barbe

EducationCoaching

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

Mark Twain

Education

Teachers affect eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops.

Henry Adams

Education

Two mice sat in their hole, watching Cat lurk outside. “I know how to make Cat go away,” said the first mouse. “How?” the second mouse asked in surprise. “Watch! Woof, woof!!!” barked the first mouse. Peering through their hole in the wall, they saw Cat running away in fear. “Ah, see the benefit of knowing another language!”

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Education

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

Chinese Proverb

EducationCoaching

It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.

John Wooden (UCLA)

EducationLearning

Employ your time in improving yourself by other people’s writings, so you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.

Socrates

Education

Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word. It means they learned it by reading.

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Education

The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen more and talk less.

Zeno of Citium

Education

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, is there anyone who knows so much as to be out of danger?

Thomas Henry Huxley

Education

The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively, but says nothing.

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Education

The following is a metaphoric interpretation of the grading scale:
A Excellent; Walks on water
A- Very Good; Olympic class swimmer
B+ Good; Competent swimmer
B Satisfactory; Permitted in the deep end of the pool
B- Close Call; If it weren't for the life jacket (Minimum pass for Graduate Studies)
C+ Oops; We commit this body to the deep

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Education

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Robert Byrne

Education

My job as a teacher: To remain accepting of the ways of others, while considering the best way to interfere.

Heathcote

Education

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

Excellence

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical; expecting more than others think is possible.

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Excellence

Creating a quality product is like making love to a gorilla. You can't quit when you are happy; you stop when the gorilla is satisfied.

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Excellence

I read once that the true mark of a pro — at anything — is that he understands, loves, and is good at even the drudgery of his profession.

Paul Halmos

ExcellenceSuccessWinning

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

H. Jackson Brown

AttitudeExcellence

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.

Richard Feynman

ExperienceResearch

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

Norman Vincent Peale

FeedbackCoachingProgress

Criticizing is easy and fast. Creating is difficult and slow. The two hours you spent on a book or movie usually took two years to produce. Anyone can tear down someone else’s work. The true test of insight is whether you can help them improve it or build something of your own.

Adam Grant

FeedbackCoaching

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.

Old Proverb

Fitness

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

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Fitness

If you ignore your health long enough, it will go away.

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Fitness

Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.

Albert Schweitzer

FitnessHappiness

A big blow from a stranger hurts less than a small blow from a friend.

Yiddish Proverb

Friends

A friend is somebody who knows all about you and likes you anyway.

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Friends

Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are.

Mexican Proverb

Friends

When you’re too busy for friends, you’re too busy.

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Friends

Never explain. Your friends don’t need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

Elbert Hubbard

Friends

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief, and comfort of friendship were that one had to explain nothing.

Katherine Mansfield

Friends

You will always have to live with yourself, and it is to your best interest to see that you have good company – a clean, pure, straight, honest, upright, generous, magnamimous companion.

Orison Swett Marden

FriendsRespect

People with friends are moderated by them.

Joan Barfoot

Friends

To keep is more important than to make friends. Select those that will wear well; if they are new at first, it is some consolation they will become old.

Balthasar Gracian

Friends

There is no desert like living without friends. Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. It is the sole remedy against misfortune, the very ventilation of the soul.

Balthasar Gracian

Friends

One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather.

Sir Winston Churchill

Friends

Silences make the real conversation between friends.
Not the saying, but the never needing to say is what counts.

Margaret Lee Runbeck

Friends

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends

Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world.

William James

Friends

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

Mary Catherwood

Friends

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.

Clarence Darrow

Friends

God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen.

Stephen Hawking

God

The miracles of nature do not seem like miracles because they are so common.

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God

People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.

F.M. Alexander

HabitsSuccess

When making plans, think big.
When making progress, think small.

James Clear

HabitsProgress

It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.

Jenny Craig

HabitsProgress

We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.

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HappinessJoy

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.

William Feather

HappinessJoyRegret

Sir Winston Churchill once met with a young New Zealand airman during the Second World War. The airman had crawled out of the cockpit of a bomber with an engine on fire and extinguished the flames. When Churchill met the young man he noted the lad's nervousness. "You must feel very humble and awkward in my presence," Churchill said. When the man admitted that he was, Churchill replied, "Then you can imagine how awkward and humble I feel in yours."

Sir Winston Churchill

Humility

Every man is my superior in some way. In that, I learn from him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Humility

Humility is confidence plus vulnerability.

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HumilityConfidence

The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.

Oren Haran

CreativityInnovationProduct Development

Rule #1: If the price is low, buy it.
Rule #2: If the price goes up, sell it.
Rule #3: If the price goes down, don’t buy it.

Will Rogers

Investments

No one ever went broke taking a profit.

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Investments

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

KindnessRegret

If you cannot be kind, at least be vague.

Judith Martin

Kindness

The greatness of a man can nearly always be measured by his willingness to be kind.

G. Young

Kindness

You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.

Henry Drummond

Kindness

You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

John Wooden (UCLA)

Kindness

Give nothing of yourself to others and eventually very little of yourself will be worth having.

George H. Allen

KindnessRegret

A kind word is never lost. It keeps going on and on, from one person to another, until at last it comes back to you again.

Canadian Farm & Home Almanac

Kindness

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

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Leadership

Your title makes you a manager. Your people will decide if you're a leader, and it's up to you to live up to that.

Bill Campbell

Leadership

Leadership is not a solo sport. If you lead alone, you are not leading.

D.A. Blankinship

Leadership

You are not a leader until you have produced a leader who can produce another leader.

Stephen Brown

Leadership

A leader must be humble but not passive; quiet but not silent. The best leaders keep their egos in check and their minds open to others, and admit when they’re wrong. But a leader must be able to speak up when it matters.

Jocko Willink

Leadership

Management is a job that can be given to you and taken away. Leadership is a quality that you have to earn.

Julie Zhou

Leadership

Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t.

Margaret Thatcher

HumilityLeadership

The only requirement for being a leader is to have followers. Managers need to be promoted, but leaders emerge.

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Leadership

Kids imitate the habits of their parents. Teammates match the competitive energy of one another. Employees learn to manage like their supervisor.

James Clear

LeadershipCoaching

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.

Jack Welch

LeadershipSuccess

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.

Ken Burns

TimeLearning

No matter how unreasonable others may seem, I am responsible for not reacting negatively. Regardless of what is happening around me I will always have the prerogative, and the responsibility, of choosing what happens within me.
I am the creator of my own reality. When I review my day, I know that I must stop judging others. If I judge others, I am probably judging myself. Whoever is upsetting me most is my best teacher. I have much to learn from him or her, and in my heart, I should thank that person.

Bill Wilson

LifeLearning

We learn...
10% of what we read.
20% of what we hear.
30% of what we see.
50% of what we see and hear.
70% of what we discuss with others.
80% of what we experience.
95% of what we teach to someone else.

Proverb

EducationLearning

Failures are much more fun to hear about afterwards; they are not so funny at the time.

C.A.R. Hoare

Learning

The teacher learns more than the student.
The author learns more than the reader.
The speaker learns more than the attendee.
The way to learn is by doing.

James Clear

Learning

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.

Tom Bodett

EducationLearningLife

Powerful combination = Hate being bad at stuff + Willing to look like a beginner.
People who hate being bad at stuff are driven to improve. However, if they are unwilling to look like a beginner from time to time, they will avoid new challenges and struggle to reinvent themselves.
Meanwhile, people who are willing to try new things, but lack a thirst to improve will settle for mediocre results. It's the willingness to look foolish for a short time—but not for a long time—that leads to jumps in performance.

James Clear

LearningPerformance

Some people come into your life as a blessing, others come into your life as a lesson.

Mother Teresa

LearningPeople

Nothing in life is to feared. It is only to be understood.

Marie Curie

Life

He who laughs...lasts.

Norwegian Proverb

Life

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

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Life

The best things in life aren't things.

Art Buchwald

Life

All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.

John Wooden (UCLA)

LifeSuccess

When everything is coming at you, you’re in the wrong lane.

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LifeDirection

Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.

Chinese Proverb

AttitudeLifeHappiness

I take a simple view of living. It is, keep your eyes open and get on with it.

Sir Laurence Olivier

LifeSimplicity

The best vision is insight.

Malcolm S. Forbes

Life

Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again..

Alex Tan

LifeLove

Life is the sum of your choices.

Albert Camus

Life

Do the easy and comfortable and life becomes difficult. Do the difficult and uncomfortable and life becomes easy.

Ernie Zelinski

Life

Life's not about expecting,
hoping and wishing.
It's about doing,
being and becoming.
It's about the choices you've just made,
and the ones you're about to make.
It's about the things you choose to say - today.
It's about what you're gonna do after you
finish reading this.

Mike Dooley

LifeDirection

Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere. Life is too short to wear tight shoes.

Grandma Ross

Life

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.

Paul Harvey

Life

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

Life

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mahatma Gandhi

Life

To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.

Charles Dudley Warner

LifeMeditation

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

Nelson Mandela

Life

Do or do not. There is no try.

Yoda

Life

When I grow up, I want to be a little boy.

Joseph Heller

Life

With age comes wisdom...although sometimes age shows up all alone.

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Life

All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.

Jane Wagner

Life

I’ve heard it said, ‘There is no black and white, only shades of gray.’ Yet, too often in my experience, I have found that black and white does indeed exist and people merely choose to see gray.

Todd Zazelenchuk

Life

This life is no dress rehearsal. Make this one the best that you can.

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Life

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.

Diane Ackerman

Life

If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.

Socrates

Life

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

LifeHappiness

Good judgment comes from experience; and experience...well...that comes from bad judgment.

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LifeExperience

Life is tough...tougher if you're stupid!

Keith Korthals

Life

If you would be interesting, be interested; if you would be pleased, be pleasing;
if you would be loved, be lovable; if you would be helped, be helpful.

William Arthur Ward

Life

Frogs have it easy; they can eat what bugs them.

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Life

Look To This Day (Dad’s Verse)
Look to this day
For it is life, the very life of life.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived makes
Every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Be of good cheer remembering
that the misfortunes hardest to bear
are those which never happen.

William Zazelenchuk (1920-1988)

LifeHappiness

The journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao-Tse

Life

“.........................................”

Marcel Marceau

Life

I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.

Madame Clicquot

Life

There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.

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Life

Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.

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Life

Attitude, after all, is everything.
Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.

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LifeAttitude

Don’t sweat the small stuff...and it’s all small stuff.

Richard Carlson

Life

The little things are infinitely the most important.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Life

Stubbornness we deprecate
Firmness we condone.
The former is our neighbor’s trait,
The latter is our own.

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Life

Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take.
You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack.

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Life

Talent is God-given ... be humble;
Fame is man-given ... be thankful;
Conceit is self-given ... BE CAREFUL.

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Life

If you shake the ketchup bottle,
None will come, then a lot’il.

Arthur Black

Life

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

Henry Miller

Life

We all want meaningful lives. We look for meaning in everything we do. But suppose there is no meaning! Suppose that life is fundamentally absurd! Suppose there's no reason, or truth, or rightness in anything! What if nothing means anything? What if nothing really matters? Or suppose everything matters. Which would be worse?

Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)

Life

To err is human; to forgive, infrequent.

Franklin P. Jones

Life

Learn from the mistakes of others; life is not long enough to make them all by yourself.

Eleanor Roosevelt

LifeLearning

What happens to you is nowhere near as important as how you react to what happens to you.

Jack Donahue (Team Canada)

Life

Life is easier if you only dread one day at a time.

Charles Schulz

Life

To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.

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Life

You can observe a lot by watching.

Yogi Berra

Life

Five years from now, you’ll be the same person you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read.

Frank Enns

Life

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.

Ursula K. LeGuin

Life

I've suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened.

Mark Twain

Life

Love quickens all the senses except the common.

Sunshine Magazine

Love

The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.

Blaise Pascal

Love

The difference between kissing your sister and some other girl.......about 45 seconds.

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Love

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Mother Teresa

Love

It’s difficult to know exactly when love begins. It’s less difficult to know that it has begun.

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Love

Pain carves out the inside of the heart so that the next time, it can hold a little more.

Greg Berman (IU)

Love

I like younger women. Their stories are shorter.

Tom McGuane

Love

When your heart speaks, take good notes.

Andy Mellon

Love

To have a child is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Elizabeth Stone

Love

Love your enemies. It makes them SO DAMN MAD.

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Love

Relationships are hard. It's like a full time job, and we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks' notice, there should be severance pay, and before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp.

Bob Ettinger

Love

I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.

Humphrey Bogart

Love

Nothing is waste that makes a memory.

Ned Rorem

Memories

To know and not to speak; in that way, one forgets.

Milosz

Memories

You must have been warned about letting the golden hours slip by;
but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.

James M. Barrie

Memories

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed, but your childhood.

Sam Ewing

Memories

The past remembers better than it lived.

Jackie Gleason

Memories

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

Anne Lamott

Meditation

Don’t just do something, sit there.

Zen Proverb

Meditation

It is better to struggle with a stallion when the problem is how to hold it back, than to urge on a bull which refuses to budge.

General Moshe Dayan

Motivation

By the time I was 14, the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it, so I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.

Stephen King

Motivationwriting

You can’t make nobody do nothing never.

Jack Donahue (Team Canada)

Motivation

Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.

Catherine M. Wallace

Parenting

The easiest way to teach children the value of money is to borrow some from them.

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ParentingInvesting

The same man cannot be skilled in everything; each has his own special talents.

Euripides

People

When I was 16 years old, I thought my father was the dumbest person on the face of the earth. By the time I had reached 21, I was surprised to find how much he had learned.

Mark Twain

People

Greatly disturbed by the English Prime Minister’s condition at a Royal Ball one night, an elderly Countess approached Lord Churchill and stated, “Sir Winston, you are DRUNK!” Without hesitation, Winston Churchill looked her in the eye and said, “My good lady, that may very well be true, but you are UGLY and in the morning, I will be sober!”

Sir Winston Churchill

People

There is nothing so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.

Don Herold

People

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty.

Sir Winston Churchill

PeopleAttitude

You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.

Jim Rohn

People

Half the world is made up of people who have something to say and can’t. The other half is people who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

Robert Frost

PeopleConfidence

A chip on one’s shoulder usually indicates wood higher up.

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People

A person who can’t lead and won’t follow makes a dandy roadblock.

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People

There are three kinds of people in the world: those that understand mathematics and those that don't.

Ron Zellner

People

Old Euclid drew a circle
On a sand-beach long ago.
He bounded and enclosed it
With angles thus and so.
His set of solemn graybeards
Nodded and argued much
Of arc and of circumference,
Diameter and such.
A silent child stood by them
From morning until noon,
Because they drew such charming,
Round pictures of the moon.

Vachel Lindsay

People

Our typxwritxr is onx of thosx nxw mxmory modxls. It works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of thx kxys. Whilx thxrx arx forty kxys that function wxll xnough, just onx kxy not working makxs all thx diffxrxncx. Somxtimxs pxoplx arx likx this typxwritxr...not all thx kxys arx working. You may say: “Wxll, I am only onx pxrson, I won’t makx or brxak it.” So thx nxxt timx you think you arx only onx pxrson, and that your input is not nxxdxd, rxmxmbxr our typxwritxr!

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People

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be in the first group; there was much less competition.

Indira Gandhi

People

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Mark Twain

People

The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy; the pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.

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PerfectionExcellence

The farther a man knows himself to be from perfection, the nearer he is to it.

Gerard Groote

Perfection

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

Vince Lombardi

PerfectionExcellence

Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Perfection

Almost everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, scared, and yet designed for joy. Even (or especially) people who seem to have it more or less together are more like the rest of us than you would believe. I try not to compare my insides to their outsides, because this makes me much worse than I already am, and if I get to know them, they turn out to have plenty of irritability and shadow of their own. Besides, those few people who aren’t a mess are probably good for about twenty minutes of dinner conversation.

This is good news, that almost everyone is petty, narcissistic, secretly insecure, and in it for themselves, because a few of the funny ones may actually long to be friends with you and me. They can be real with us, the greatest relief. As we develop love, appreciation, and forgiveness for others over time, we may accidentally develop those things toward ourselves, too.

Anne Lamott

Perfection

To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.

Sir Winston Churchill

PerfectionChange

Perfect is the enemy of the good.

Voltaire

PerfectionChange

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.

Arthur Schopenhauer

PerfectionSuccess

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure.

Thomas A. Edison

PerfectionAttitude

Do not let the better be the enemy of the good.

Sir Winston Churchill

Perfection

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt!

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Performance

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden (UCLA)

PerformanceProgress

How you do anything is how you do everything.

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Performance

If we want to direct ourlives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in awhile that shapes our lives, but wat we do consistently.

Anthony Robbins

PerformanceSuccess

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Performance

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

Alexander Graham Bell

PerformanceSuccessProgress

There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.

Bishop Desmond Tutu

ResearchProgress

Too often, when all is said and done, more is said than done.

Frank Enns

Performance

Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.

William A. Ward

PerformanceSuccessWinning

What you do speaks so clearly that I don’t have to hear what you say.

Chuck Knox (Seattle Seahawks)

Performance

We have a rule. You speak only if you can improve the silence.

Adolph Rupp (UK Basketball)

Performance

Never retreat, never explain, never apologize, get the thing done and let them howl.

Nellie McClung

Performance

Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don't do well simply because they major in minor things.

Jim Rohn

DirectionPerformanceStrategy

Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.

Benny Hill

Performance

If you are not embarrassed by your product launch, you have waited too long.

Scott Cook

Product Development

Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray.

Sam Redwine

Product Development

It boils down to this: you aren't allowed to tell them [customers] what their problem is, and they aren't allowed to tell you what to build. They own the problem, and you own the solution.

Rob Fitzpatrick

Product Development

What is the customer’s intent when he first comes to your product/feature?

Scott Cook

Product Development

People don’t want to use your software; they want to have used your software.

David Platt

Product Development

There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult

C.A.R. Hoare

Product DevelopmentDesign

We have thousands of incredibly shitty programs and apps that were shipped on time. Deadlines don't make things better.

Alan Cooper

Product Development

When you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck.

Paul Virilio

Product Development Progress Technology

A stumble may prevent a fall.

English Proverb

Progress

Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your feet on first.

Frederick Wilcox

ProgressRisk

Whenever you are stuck searching for the optimal plan, remember: Getting started changes everything.

James Clear

Progress

Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.

Thor Heyerdahl

ProgressSimplicity

When you come out of the strom, you won't be the same persona who walked in. That's what storms are all about.

Haruki Murakami

AnxietyProgress

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Henry Thomas Buckle

ProgressPeople

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

James Bryant Conant

ProgressRisk

Everything that can be invented, has been invented.

Charles H. Duell (US Patent Office)

Progress

One must lose a minnow to catch a salmon.

French Proverb

ProgressRisk

Do what you can with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

ProgressAttitude

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

ProgressAttitude

A mistake at least proves somebody stopped talking long enough to do something.

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ProgressRisk

There is only one difference between a rut and a grave... dimensions!

Ernie Zelinski

Progress

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.

Albert Einstein

Progress

A recipe for getting more out of what you read: Start more books. Quit most of them. Read the great ones twice.

James Clear

Reading

Marrying well makes everything easier.

Unknown

Relationships

I regret often that I have spoken, rarely that I have been silent.

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Regret

In the immortal words of Socrates, “I drank what?”

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Regret

You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

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Regret

For evil to triumph, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

Regret

To steal one idea is plagiarism. To steal many ideas is research.

Wilson Mizner

Research

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.

Richard Feynman

Research

If you know a thing only qualitatively, you know it no more than vaguely. If you know it quantitatively - grasping some numerical measure that distinguishes it from an infinite number of other possibilities - you are beginning to know it deeply. You comprehend some of its beauty and you gain access to its power and the understanding it provides. Being afraid of quantification is tantamount to disenfranchising yourself, giving up on one of the most potent prospects for understanding and changing the world.

Carl Sagan

Research

To find ideas, find problems. To find problems, talk to people.

Julie Zhou

Research

What people say, what people do, and what people say they do are entirely different things.

Margaret Meade

Research

After you’ve spent two hours asking focus group participants how they’ll use technology in the next five years, ask them what they intend to have for dinner tomorrow.

Philip Hodgson

Research

That what distinguishes a great scientist is not so much his ability to solve a problem; that is necessary, but not sufficient. He also needs a talent in defining an important problem to work on. One that is amenable to solution.

Richard Feynman

Research

A dog is a dog except when he is facing you. Then he is Mr. Dog.

Haitian Proverb

Respect

Never insult an alligator until you have crossed the river.

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Respect

A ship in the harbor is safe...but that’s not what ships were made for.

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Risk

...and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin

Risk

Learn to take risks = juggle with beanbags (not rocks that hurt your feet or balls that roll under the couch. Early testing = juggling with beanbags.

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LearningRisk

People cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Andre Gide

RiskProgress

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Self-Concept

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

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Self-Concept

The way someone else perceives what you do is a result of their own experiences (which you can’t control), their own preferences (which you can’t predict), and their own expectations (which you don’t set). If your choices don’t match their expectations that is their concern, not yours.

James Clear

Self-Concept

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Theodore Roosevelt

Self-ConceptJoy

How many have laid waste to your life when you weren't aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements‚ how little of your own was left to you.

Seneca

Self-Concept

Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?

Frank J. Giblin II

Self-Concept

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Dr. Seuss

Self-Concept

I kept looking for somebody to solve the problem. Then I realized. I am somebody.

Lily Tomlin

Self-ConceptConfidence

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.

Charles Dudley Warner

SimplicityDesignLife

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.

E.F. Schumacher

SimplicityDesign

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Hans Hofmann

SimplicityDesign

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

Alan Perlis

SimplicitySuccessProgress

Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.

Paul Rand

SimplicitySuccess

How many things are there which I do not want.

Socrates

SimplicityLife

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

SimplicityDesign

The difference between coaching and criticizing is your attitude.

Eleanor Roosevelt

SportsCoaching

I told the guys right away that I wasn’t worried about keeping them happy. There were 12 of them and only one of me, so it was a lot easier for them to study me and find ways to keep me happy than for me to satisfy all of them.

Red Auerbach (Boston Celtics)

Sports

Modeling a behavior is stronger than telling someone to act differently.

James Clear

LeadershipSportsCoaching

Momentum is a funny thing... it’s invisible, yet you can see it; it has no substance, yet you can feel it; and it can never be destroyed, only transferred.

Todd Zazelenchuk

Sports

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence; in other words it is war minus the shooting.

George Orwell

Sports

The Value of Training
The duration of an athletic contest is only for a few minutes, while the training for it may take years of arduous work and continuous exercise and self-effort. The real value of the sport is not the actual game played in the limelight of applause, but the hours of dogged determination and self-discipline carried out alone, imposed and supervised by an exacting conscience. The applause soon dies away, the prize is left behind, but the character you build up is yours forever.

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Sports

In basketball, the mental is to the physical as four is to one.

Bobby Knight (IU)

Sports

Everybody thinks that practice makes perfect, but it is perfect practice that makes perfect.

Terry Orlick

Sports

You are not your action or your skill; the minute you become it, you can no longer deal with it.

Peter Jensen (Team Canada)

Sports

Baseball is 90% mental – the other half is physical.

Yogi Berra

Sports

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.

Wayne Gretzky

SportsExcellence

All the best coaches are in the stands.

Charles Schulz

Sports

The difference between good players and great players is the difference between doing things almost right and doing them exactly right.

Jack Donahue (Team Canada)

Sports

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

Mike Tyson

Strategy

If something is not worth doing, it’s not worth doing well.

Alan Brenner

StrategyDirectionPerformance

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

StrategySuccess

The secret to success is to like what you are doing.

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Success

Think of many things. Do one.

Portugese Proverb

Progress, Success

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.

Ulysses S. Grant

Success

You can’t be common because the common man goes nowhere. You have to be uncommon.

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Success

We will either find a way, or make one.

Hannibal

Success

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

George Bernard Shaw

Success

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

Paul Bennett

Success

Whoever best describes the problem is the one most likely to solve it.

Dan Roam

SuccessResearch

The t-shirt test… if you can’t make a t-shirt about it, maybe you don’t have a compelling story?

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Success

Success and failure have much in common that is good. Both mean you’re trying.

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Success

Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money and power and influence.

Henry Chester

Success

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

Goethe

Success

The very first step toward success in any job is to become interested in it.

William Osler

Success

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Sir Winston Churchill

Success

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

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Success

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion; you must set yourself on fire.

Neil Peart

Success

Never wrestle with pigs, because you both get dirty and the pigs love it.

Gordon Pinsent

Success

I can sympathize with people’s pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about someone else’s happiness.

Aldous Huxley

Success

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Sir Winston Churchill

Success

If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

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Success

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Woody Allen

Success

Forget your mistakes, but never what they teach you.

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Success

I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is easy...just try to please everybody.

Bill Cosby

Success

Some years ago a promising IBM junior executive lost the company several million dollars in a risky venture. Thomas J. Watson Sr., IBM’s founder, called the executive into his office and the young man blurted out, “I guess you want my resignation?” Watson replied, “You can’t be serious. We’ve just spent millions of dollars educating you!”

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Success

Plan ahead: it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

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Success

Failures are rehearsals for success.

Cathy Reed

Success

Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.

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Success

A problem well-stated is a problem half-solved.

Charles F. Kettering

SuccessResearch

It’s like learning to ski. If you’re not falling down, you’re not learning.

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LearningSuccess

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision...the ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Andrew Carnegie

SuccessTeamwork

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

SuccessAchievement

Success covers a multitude of blunders.

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Success

If at first you don’t succeed, you are like most other people.

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Success

The American dream...working at a job you don't really like to pay for things you don't really want.

Stephen Roberts

Success

Whatever impedes a man, but does not stop him aids his progress.

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Success

Success is a journey, not a destination.

Ben Sweetland

Success

A positive attitude won’t always work, but a negative attitude will never fail you.

Gary Gregor (SK Roughriders)

Success

Discipline yourself and no one else will have to.

John Wooden (UCLA)

Success

Obstacles are the things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

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Success

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that he has overcome while trying to succeed.

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Success

The only place SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary.

Robert Mirwald

Success

The value and the meaning of a life are found in the way in which that person has interacted with the people around him or her, and how these other lives have been affected by this interaction. Think of the people now deceased- relatives, teachers, friends - those who affected your life for the better; through your changed life, you give them a sort of immortality. And we all can achieve that same sort of immortality in the lives of the people we touch. If that's the only kind of immortality there is, I shall not be disappointed.

Dr. Robert Buchanan (UofT)

Success

A man may make mistakes, but he isn’t a failure until he starts blaming someone else.

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Success

The way to double your success rate is to double your failure rate.

Tom Watson (IBM)

Success

Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden (UCLA)

Success

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

Walter J. West

Success

Even the biggest problem in the world today could have been solved when it was still small.

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Success

It Couldn’t Be Done
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t, but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that,
At least no one ever has done it.”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and YOU’LL DO IT!!

Edgar A. Guest

Success

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 are omnipotent.

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Success

Individuals win battles. Teams win wars.

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Teamwork

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.

African Proverb

Teamwork

Time is nature’s way of preventing everything happening at once.

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Time

Time, like a snowflake, disappears while we’re trying to decide what to do with it.

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Time

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.

Horace Mann

Time

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Charles Burton

Time

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour.
Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein

Time

A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches isn’t sure.

Segal's Law

TimeDesign

When we don’t waste time, we always have enough.

Jean Drapeau

TimeDesign

The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese

Steven Wright

TimeDesign

Here’s to cold nights, warm friends, and a good drink to give them.

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Toast

Here’s to the four hinges of Friendship
– Swearing, Lying, Stealing, and Drinking.
When you swear, swear by your country;
When you lie, lie for a pretty woman;
When you steal, steal away from bad company;
And when you drink, drink with me.

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Toast

Here’s to you, old friend, may you live a thousand years,
Just to sort of cheer things in this vale of human tears;
And may I live a thousand too – a thousand – less a day,
Cause I wouldn’t care to be on earth and hear you’d passed away.

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Toast

May we never have friends who, like shadows,
follow us in sunshine only to desert us on a cloudy day.

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Toast

A little health, a little wealth,
A little house and freedom:
With some few friends for certain ends
But little cause to need ‘em.

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Toast

May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift

Toast

May you always distinguish between the weeds and the flowers.

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Toast

May we be happy and our enemies know it.

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Toast

May the clouds in your life form only the background for a beautiful sunset.

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Toast

Here’s looking up your kilt!

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Toast

Bless this food and us that eats it.

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Cowboy Grace

May our house always be too small to hold all our friends.

Myrtle Reed

Toast

Here’s to Hell!
May the stay there
Be as much fun as the way there!

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Toast

Here’s to you. Here’s to me.
May we never disagree.
But, if we do, to Hell with you
and here’s to me!

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Toast

I have known many, liked a few,
Loved but one...here’s to you!

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Toast

A tourist is a man who travels thousands of miles so he can be photographed in front of his car.

Emile Genest

Travel

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.

St. Augustine

Travel

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.

Clifton Fadiman

TravelDesign

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

Ernest Hemingway

Trust

I don't trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: ‘Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.

Maya Angelou

Trust

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

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Weather

Everybody complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it!

Mark Twain

Weather

The rule on staying alive as a forecaster is to give ‘em a number or give ‘em a date, but never give ‘em both at once.

Jane Bryant Quinn

Weather

If I were running the world, I would have it rain only between 2 and 5 A.M. Anyone who was out then ought to get wet.

William Lyon Phelps

Weather

Winning takes commitment.

Gary Gregor (SK Roughriders)

Winning

Win today and we will walk together forever.

Fred Shero (Philadephia Flyers)

Winning

Whenever you want to do something that is out of the “ordinary” and outside of what most people think is possible, remember: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.""

Mahatma Gandhi

WinningSuccess

Winning isn’t everything, but the desire to is.

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Winning

Work will win where wishing won’t. If you don’t know how, just begin... you’ll find a way.

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Winning

To be prepared is half the victory.

Cervantes

Winning

It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts.

Addison Walker

WinningCharacter

You can’t expect to win unless you know why you lose.

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Winning

The more you win, the harder it is to lose.

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Winning

There is plenty of room at the top... but no room to sit down.

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Winning

Learn to lose as though you had won, then learn to win as though you had lost.

Lord Chesterfield

LearningWinning

There is no glory in defense... just victory.

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Winning

Winning is overcoming obstacles to reach a goal, but the value in winning is only as great as the value of the goal reached.

Timothy Gallwey

Winning

Winning isn’t everything and losing isn’t nothing.

Giselle Krueger (Team Canada)

Winning

The difficult we do right away; the impossible may take a little longer.

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Winning

Luck is the residue of design.

Branch Rickey

Winning

Add umph to try and see what you come up with.

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Winning

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

Vince Lombardi

Winning

When the going gets tough, the conditioned person usually wins.

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Winning

Pride lasts longer than pain.

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Winning

It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. Until you lose.

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Winning

Who can ask more of a man than giving all within his span? Giving all it seems to me is not so far from victory.

John Wooden (UCLA)

Winning

Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases.

John W. Roper

Winning

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

James M. Barrie

Work

The difference between efficiency and effectiveness is that efficiency is doing things right, while effectiveness is doing the right things.

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Work

The trouble with opportunity is that it always seems to come disguised as hard work.

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Work

Nothing will work unless you do.

Maya Angelou

Work

The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.

John Ruskin

Work

Even a mosquito does not get a slap on the back until he begins to work!

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Work

If there is no wind... row!

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Work

Swing hard, in case they throw the ball where you’re swinging.

Duke Snider

Work