My Favorite Quotes

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. Kenneth Blanchard

Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future. Rabbi Edwin Friedman

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin, quoted in the Psychology & Psychiatry Journal

“There are two ways to be wealthy — one is by having abundant possessions, the other is by having few wants. In choosing the latter way, you collect real wealth that cannot be taken away by depression or death.” E. Stanley Jones in Abundant Living

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” Martin Luther

“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.” Writer Mary Wilson Little, quoted in the Toronto Star

“The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.” Philosopher Henri-Frederic Amiel, quoted in the Associated Press.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only bad one to loose it.” Benjamin Franklin, quoted in the Ventura County, Calif., Star

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Psychologist Erich Fromm, quoted in

“You can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein, quoted in the Montreal Gazette

“One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.” Carl Sandburg, quoted in Art News

“All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others” Cyril Connoly, quoted in

The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television. It is the manufacture, refinement, and distribution of anxiety.” Journalist Eric Sevareid, quoted in the Associated Press

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” Gertrude Stein, quoted in Newsday.

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.” Washington Irving, qouted in Success Magazine

“Wisdom is what’s left after we’ve run out of personal opinions.” Aphorist Cullen Hightower quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“Do not be too moral, You cheat yourself out of much life so. Be not simply good, be good for something.” Henry David Thoreau, quoted in the Weekly Standard

Education is what remians after one has forgotten everything he has learned in school.” Albert Einsteain, quoted in the Huffington Post.

“Fear not those who argue, but those who dodge.” Dale Carnegie, quoted in BlackBook Magazine

“Our task is to become fluent with the life we’re leading.” Composer John Cage, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination.” Oscar Wilde, quoted in the Dallas Morning News

“I made a lot of bad decisions in my life, but at least I made them!” Singer Josephine Baker, quoted in the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger.

” . . . (G)ive me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” (Proverbs 30:8-9)

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoted in the Ithica, N.Y., Journal

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford, quoted in the Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” Alice Walker.

“A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.” John Foster Dulles, quoted in the United Press International.

“Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them.” Washington Irving, quoted in the Associated Press

“The line seperating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quoted in the Huffington Post

“Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.” Essayist Phyllis Theroux quoted in the Montreal Gazette.

“It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.” Gertrude Stein, quoted in the Associated Press.

“According to Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham said that he wished every day to do something foolish, something creative, and something generous. Buffett said that Graham excelled most at the last.” Wikipedia for Benjamin Graham

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Kate Moss

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, rumble, young man, rumble!” Drew Bundini Brown

“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.” John Ruskin, quoted in the New York Post 

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” Ingrid Bergman, quoted in the Irish Independent

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” Charlotte Bronte, quoted in

“A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.” John Foster Dulles, quoted in United Press International


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