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"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action."
  −Benjamin Disraeli

"Life doesn't give us chances. Life is our chance to give."
−Tom Wilson, "Ziggy" 

"The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself."
−Dale Carnegie

"I haven’t failed; I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
−Thomas Edison (also attributed to Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.  Whomever, I'm sure they all had this positive attitude.)

"The leader shows that style is no substitute for substance, that creating an impression is not more potent than acting from one's center."
−Lao Tzu

"I would say that IQ is the strongest predictor of which field you can get into and hold a job in, whether you can be an accountant, lawyer, or nurse, for example. But once you are in that field, emotional intelligence emerges as a much stronger predictor of who will be most successful, because it is how we handle ourselves in our relationships that determines how well we do once we are in a given job."
−Daniel Goleman

"Influence comes from trust -from a person's expertise, integrity, and empathy as perceived by others. Maximum influence accrues to those who are strong in all three areas."
−Joseph C. Rost

"Selecting the right people with potential to excel and then developing those people through the coaching and mentoring process to achieve
greatness is a primary responsibility of leadership. Effective leaders know precisely when to coach, when to mentor, and when to manage."
−Dr. Rick Johnson, founder, CEO Strategist, LLC

"To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart."
−Eleanor Roosevelt

"In the new year, may your right hand always be stretched out in
friendship, but never in want."
−Traditional Irish toast

"People are not your most important asset.  The right people are."
−Jim Collins, Good to Great

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
−Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

"What we are is God's gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God."
−Eleanor Powell

"A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange."
−Author Unknown

"The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.  He also accepteth from a grouch."
−Catherine Hall

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to
say 'thank you?'"
−William A. Ward

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.

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

"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
−Eric Hoffer

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we
will not be happy − because we will always want to have something else or something more.
−Brother David Steindl-Rast

"I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up!"
−Tom Lehrer"

We can communicate an idea around the world in seventy seconds, but it sometimes takes years for an idea to get through a quarter inch of human skull."
−Charles Kettering

"The art of conversation, like everything else, can be cultivated. No one can expect to talk well without practice."
−John Lubbock

"It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it."
−Francis Beaumont

"Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly.
It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service."
−Henry Ford

"Always be smarter than the people who hire you."
−Lena Horne

"To lead people, walk behind them."

"I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate."
−George Burns"

"Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
−Margaret Thatcher

"The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the

"Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it."
−Sam Ewing

"Progress always involves risk. You can't steal second base and keep
your foot on first."
−Frederick Wilcox

"Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more
than you promise."
−Harvey Mackay

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence."
−George Washington

"The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel, but do not dull thypalm with entertainment of each new-hatched unfledged comrade."
−William Shakespeare

"For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind."
−Eleanor Everet

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
−Benjamin Franklin

"To have more, you must first become more."
−Jim Rohn

"Achievement seems to be connected with action.  Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don't quit."
−Conrad Hilton

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
−Johann von Goethe

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."
−Woodrow Wilson

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."
−Marianne Williamson (ofen mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela)

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people.  At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.”
-Larry Bossidy, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell International Inc.

"All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."
−George Washington

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

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
−Jim Ryun

"Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
−Benjamin Franklin

"May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings
right beside your door."
−Irish Blessing

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful."
−Paul Sweeney

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

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
−William Shakespeare, As You Like It

"Work is love made visible."
−Kahlil Gibran The Prophet

"To be well informed is to have the world at your fingers."
−Joseph Jones

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
−Zig Ziglar

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
−Benjamin Franklin

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it."
−William Arthur Ward

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
−Walt Disney

"Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."
−Oscar Wilde

"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."
−Oprah Winfrey

"When management isn't too high-falutin' to get their hands dirty, it breaks down communication barriers."
−Clive Beddoe

"Out of Clutter, find Simplicity. From Discord, find Harmony. In the middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity."
−Albert Einstein

"Our chief aim in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can."
−Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people."
−Samuel Johnson

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."
−Henry David Thoreau

"To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are."
−Muhammad Ali

"Know what you do best.
Do what you know.
Hire the rest.
The money will flow."
−Shawn Moore

"A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner."
−English Proverb

"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."
−Peter Drucker
"If you are going through hell, keep going."
−Sir Winston Churchill

"To love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret. And all work is empty save when there is love."
−Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

"Leadership is the ability to get people to do what they don't want to do
and like it."
−Harry Truman

" does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."
−Samuel Adams

"Choose a job you like and you will never work a day in your life."

"The closest to perfection a person comes is when he fills out a job application."
−Stanley J. Randall

"The best leaders...almost without exception and at every level, are
master users of stories and symbols."
−Tom Peters

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."
−Thomas Alva Edison