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  • "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going"  Beverly Sills

  •  “Multi-tasking is dead. It never worked and it never will. Intelligent people love to sing its praises because it gives them permission to avoid the much more challenging alternative: focusing on one thing.”  Timothy Ferriss

  • "One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."  Arnold H. Glasow

  • "Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress."  Thomas Edison

  • "You've got to have the guts not to be afraid to screw up."  Fuzzy Zoeller

  • "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."  Henry Ford

  • "True success is measured by what one completes, not what one starts."  David Klein

  • "People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be -- not what you nag them to be."  S.N. Parker

  • "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."  Chinese Proverb

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

  • "Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion."  Jack Welch

  • "Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot." D. H. Lawrence

  • "When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” Tuli Kupferberg

  • “The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our actions”.   Andre Godin

  • “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory” Friedrich Engel

  • “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin.

  • "Develop a healthy disrespect for the impossible.”  Gene Hoffman, Super Valu as reported in ASQwire

  • "Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement." Anonymous

  • “We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring”  David Grayson

  • “Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character and one of the best instrument of success.  Without it, genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies” Lord Chesterfield

  • "...I think that what lies at the heart of any real discipline is nothing but profound aspiration.  Without profound aspiration, discipline is a type of self-punishment."  Peter Senge, quoted in Dialogue, by Linda Elinor and Glenna Gerard.

  • "Marketing is not magic, and marketers do themselves no favor when they pretend that it is.  There's nothing mysterious about it."  Sergio Zyman in The End Of Marketing As Know It.

  • "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." T.S. Eliot

  • "There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life." Huxley

  • "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." Epictetus

  • "The secret of success is constancy of purpose." Benjamin Disreali

  • "Always strive to excel, but only on weekends." Richard Rorty (Note 1)

  • "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" Desiderata

  • "Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit." Aristotle

  • "A masterpiece is . . . something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back." Virginia Woolf (Note 1)

  • "The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous." Shana Alexander (Note 1)

  • "In business the earning of profit is something more than an incident of success. It is an essential condition of success; because the continued absence of profit itself spells failure. But while loss spells failure, large profits do not connote success. Success must be sought in business also in excellence of performance; and in business, excellence of performance manifests itself, among other things, in the advancing of methods and processes; in the improvement of products; in more perfect organization, eliminating friction as well as waste; in bettering the condition of the workingmen, developing their faculties and promoting their happiness; and in the establishment of right relations with customers and with the community." Louis D. Brandeis

  • "Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world." George Eliot (Note 1)

  • "One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect." William Hazlitt (Note 1)

  • "It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings." Ernest Hemingway (Note 1)

  • "If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence." Aristotle (Note 1).

  • "Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." Sun Tzu (Note 1)

  • "In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence." Socrates (Note 1)

  • "When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music." Denis Diderot (Note 1)

  • "From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race." Jean de La Bruyère (1645-96), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of Personal Merit," aph. 22 (1688).

  • "The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence." Max Lerner (Note 1)

  • "I've never forgotten for long at a time that living is struggle. I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for-whether it's a field, or a home, or a country." Thornton Wilder (Note 1)

  • "There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue." Oliver Goldsmith (Note 1]

  • "Laughing at someone else is an excellent way of learning how to laugh at oneself; and questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one's own cherished beliefs." Gore Vidal (Note 1)

  • "There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless." Niccolò Machiavelli (Note 1)

  • "The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name. Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence." Benjamin Haydon (Note 1)

(Note 1): These quotes have been adopted from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations . Copyright © 1993 by Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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