Some Of My Favorite Quotes

Quotes and Trivia

Respect is love in plain clothes.  (Frankie Byrne, Former Irish Radio Host)

Life is short. Do not forget about the most important things in our life, living for other people and doing good for them. (Marcus Aurelius from Meditations)

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. (Benjamin Disraeli)

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death. (Elie Wiesel)

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  (Marcus Aurelius from Meditations)

Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source ofwhat you are looking for. (Joseph Campbell)

Get knocked down 7 times, get up 8.  (Japanese saying)

Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do or what not to do. (Jonas Salk)

Not failure, but low aim, is crime. James Russell Lowell

That birds of worry and care fly about your head, this you cannot change; but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent. (Chinese proverb)

I want you to tell me exactly what’s wrong with me and MGM.  Even if it means losing your job.  (Sam Goldwyn MGM)

First responsibility is to define reality.  Last is to say thank you.  In between, the leader is a servant.  (Max de Pree in Leadership is an Art)

You get good judgment from experience.  You get experience by getting kicked around a bit.  (Andy Griffith speaking to Barney Fife in the Andy Griffith Show)

He who learns must suffer.  (Aeschylus – ancient Greek tragedian)

The Tendency of the masses is toward mediocrity.  (Aldous Huxley)

“I’m no more modern than ancient, no more French than Chinese, and the idea of a native country, that is to say, the imperative to live on one bit of ground marked red or blue on the map and to hate the other bits in green or black, has always seemed to me narrow-minded, blinkered and profoundly stupid. I am a soul brother to everything that lives, to the giraffe and to the crocodile as much as to man.” Gustav Flaubert

Abigail Adams wrote to son John Quincy Adams in 1780: It is not in the still calm of life or the repose of a pacific station that great characters are formed.  The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulty.  Great necessities call out great virtues.”

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  ― Haruki Murakami

A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.  Anthony Trollope

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist & Poet

People tell me that I’m a psychotic optimist, but that’s ok, I say that’s a communicable disease.  Michele Weiner-Davis.

Nations have no friends or allies. They only have permanent interests.  Lord Palmerston 19th century prime minister and foreign secretary

For us there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. TS Eliot:

Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked. Warren Buffett. Page 93

Be yourself, everyone else is taken – Oscar Wilde

You say that people have criticized me, in your hearing, of taking any opportunity for exaggerated praise of my friends.  My friends may not be all I proclaim them to be, but it makes me happy to think they are.  Pline le Jeune

It’s a mind game: 90% of the game is half mental (Yogi Berra)

Pressure: It is not where we stand in times of comfort and convenience that measures who we are, but where we stand in times of conflict and controversy.  (MLK)

If you need geniuses to run your business, you are in trouble (Peter Drucker)

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not our circumstances. (Martha Washington)

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure (Norman Vincent Peale)

Attitude is a choice.  Think positive thoughts daily.  Believe in yourself. (Pat Summit – women’s basketball coach, University of Tennessee)

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. (Seneca, Roman Philosopher)

The more sorrow carves into your heart, the more joy it can contain. (Kahlil Gibran)

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

You never step in the same stream twice. (Heraclitus – a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher)

You have to learn how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. (Lou Piniella)

Chance, favors the prepared mind. (Louis Pasteur)

Be decisive.  A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision. (Bernhard Langer)

Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. (Aristotle)

I’m here to tell you that a champion is someone who has fallen off the horse a dozen times and gotten back on the horse a dozen times.  Successful people never give up.  (Jean Driscoll – 8 time Boston Marathon winner wheelchair division)

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. (Friederich Nietzsche)

The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided. (Casey Stengel)

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile. (Indian Proverb (Punjabi)

“Think of the sunlight.  The sun nurtures and vitalizes the trees and flowers.  It does so by giving away its light.  But in the end, in which direction do they grow?” Chen Cen, a master who had given guidance to Emperor Liu Bang, the first leader to consolidate China into a unified empire in the 3rd Century B.C.

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.  Not to dare is to lose oneself. (Soren Kierkegaard)

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. (George Macdonald – Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister)

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.  (Paraphrasing passage from The Visuddhimagga, the ‘great treatise’ on Theravada Buddhist doctrine written by Buddhaghosa approximately in the 5th Century in Sri Lanka.)

“In a real sense, all of life is interrelated. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.  I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.  This is the interrelated structure of reality.” Martin Luther King

Connection is why we’re here.  It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. (Brené  Brown)

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. (Sir Winston Churchill)

If you are going through hell, keep going. (Sir Winston Churchill)

“It’s an odd world we live in. We can send a missile across the world with pinpoint accuracy yet we have trouble walking across the street to meet a new neighbor. We have no time to slow and help someone in need yet we always seem to have time to slow down to stare at the car wreck. We have trouble finding time to read to our children yet we always make time to read the valueless stories in a newspaper. Real leadership as a human being means you take some time to press the “pause button” of your life and deeply reflect on the things that truly count – and then you have the boldness to live out the rest of your life according to them. This is how anyone can live their best lives and realize their highest destiny.”  Robin Sharma

Your life will expand or contract in direct relation to your willingness to do the things you fear. (Robin Sharma)

Failure is part of the process of getting to greatness. (Robin Sharma)

The things that most people see as failures are the steps to success. (Malcolm Bricklin)

Understanding will cause walls of separate wells to collapse and they would be invaded by the ocean that unites all peoples in the truth. (Anthony De Mello)

When you compromise on fundamentals on anything in life, then it is going to go wrong. (a friend)