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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us through a bad week, and can even  give us the courage to pursue our life’s dreams.


1.       Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

2.       Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

3.       Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost

4.       I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

5.       You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

6.       I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan

7.       The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Emelia Earhart

8.       Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth

9.       Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone

10.   The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now. –Bill Cosby

11.   Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon

12.   We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

13.   Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

14.   Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll

15.   The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

16.   The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha

17.   The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

18.   An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates

19.   Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen

20.   Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs

21.   Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi

22.   I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey

23.   Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso

24.   You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

25.   I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

26.   Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn

27.   Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford

28.   The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

29.   Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

30.   The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra

31.   People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar

32.   Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin

33.   If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

34.   There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

35.   Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. –Jesus

36.   The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

37.   Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau

38.   When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck

39.   Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.  –Booker T. Washington

40.   Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

41.   Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt

42.   Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair

43.   We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato

44.   Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides

45.   Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

46.   When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon

47.   Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb

48.   When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller

49.   Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius

50.   How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank

51.   When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu

52.   Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou

53.   Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama

54.   If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. –Sheryl Sandberg

55.   First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle

56.   If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb

57.   You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown

58.   We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. –Marie Curie

59.   Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown

60.   Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine

61.   If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington

62.   I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci

63.   Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti

64.   You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. –Erica Jong

65.   What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan

66.   I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin

67.   In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby

68.   A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

69.   The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

70.   There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach

71.   It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot

72.   You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey

73.   I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh

74.   A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown

75.   It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  –Ann Landers

76.   If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren

77.   Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray

78.   The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

79.   Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser

80.   I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks

81.   It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius

82.   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

83.   Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama

84.   You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou

85.   Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan

86.   Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.

87.   Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt

88.   If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins

89.   Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem

90.   It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison

91.   You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sills

92.   Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

93.   Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses

94.   The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

95.   When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford

96.   It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln

97.   Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale

98.   Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin

99.   Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn

100.                        The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs

101.                        If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

100 Best Quotes On Leadership

A great quote can provide personal inspiration and can be used to educate others;
Below are my top 100 leadership quotes of all time.

  1. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu

  1. Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18

  1. I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? —Benjamin Disraeli

  1. You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

  1. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree

  1. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis


  1. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton


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


  1. A leader is a dealer in hope. —Napoleon Bonaparte


  1. You don’t need a title to be a leader. –Multiple Attributions


  1. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell



  1. My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. —General Montgomery

  1. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker

  1. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead

  1. The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. —Sir Winston Churchill

  1. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis


  1. To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux


  1. He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle

  1. Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. —Brian Tracy

  1. I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. —Ralph Nader

  1. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. —Peter Drucker

  1. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus

  1. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

  1. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. —Theodore Roosevelt

  1. Leadership is influence. —John C. Maxwell

  1. You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. —Ken Kesey


  1. When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. —Napoleon Bonaparte

  1. Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. —Harry S. Truman

  1. People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. —John Maxwell


  1. So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. —Peter Drucker

  1. The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. —Tony Blair

  1. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. —Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

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

  1. A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. —Polybius

  1. A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell

  1. A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. —Rosalynn Carter

  1. The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn

  1. Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel.


  1. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. —Sam Walton

  1. A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. —Douglas MacArthur

  1. A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. —Ovid

  1. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. —Andrew Carnegie

  1. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. —General Dwight Eisenhower

  1. The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. —Eric Hoffer

  1. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. —Brian Tracy

  1. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. —Max Lucado

  1. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. —General George Patton

  1. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. —Bill Gates


  1. All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. —John Kenneth Galbraith

  1. Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. —Eleanor Roosevelt

  1. Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. —Donald Rumsfeld

  1. Education is the mother of leadership. —Wendell Willkie

  1. Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. —Stephen Covey

  1. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. —General Colin Powell

  1. Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. —John Zenger

  1. He who has great power should use it lightly. —Seneca

  1. He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. —Solon

  1. I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be. —Warren Bennis

  1. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. —Herbert Swope

  1. If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. —Maya Angelou

  1. If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing. —Benjamin Franklin


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

  1. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. —Thomas Jefferson

  1. It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. —Latin Proverb

  1. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. —Nelson Mandela

  1. Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. —Ross Perot

  1. Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. —Vince Lombardi

  1. Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. —John C. Maxwell

  1. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. —John F. Kennedy

  1. Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day. —Jesse Jackson

  1. Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. —Woodrow Wilson

  1. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. —Norman Schwarzkopf

  1. Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. —Colin Powell

  1. Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. —Erskine Bowles

  1. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. —Bill Bradley

  1. Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters

  1. Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. —Stephen Covey

  1. Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. —General Douglas MacArthur

  1. No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. —Abraham Lincoln

  1. What you do has far greater impact than what you say. —Stephen Covey

  1. Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. —Chinese Proverb

  1. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. —Arnold Glasow
  2. The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. —Walter Lippman

  1. The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision. —Ken Blanchard

  1. The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. —Harvey Firestone

  1. To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. —Friedrich Nietzsche

  1. To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. —Pat Riley

  1. True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. —Bill Owens

  1. We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. —Marco Rubio

  1. Whatever you are, be a good one. —Abraham Lincoln

  1. 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

  1. A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. —John J Pershing


  1. A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. —John Maxwell

  1. There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. —Fuchan Yuan

  1. I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t. —Dee Dee Myers

  1. A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. —Stephen King

  1. My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. –Unknown

  1. A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. –George Patton

  1. The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. –Dwight Eisenhower

  1. You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership. –Dwight Eisenhower



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