Leadership Notes #67 – Leadership Quotes V

(This series of “notes” first appeared in the YahooGroup “VenturingList” and are written by Michael Brown. I thought that they were worth sharing with the Commissioner Corps.)

“Religions, philosophies, formulas, projects, blueprints, programs, plans are inert until action infuses them with power” — Wilfred Peterson

“When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy” – Samuel Goldwyn

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” — Henry van Dyke

“Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.” — Gracian

“It is easier to go down a hill then up, but the view is best from the top” — Arnold Bennett

“If you could kick the man responsible for most of your troubles, you wouldn’t sit down for a week.” — Owen Arnold

“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows is image.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Wise men read very sharply all of your private history in your look and gait and behavior” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It takes stronger character to stand good fortune than bad fortune” — Benjamin Franklin

“We don’t get what we want. We get what we are.” — Anonymous

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear” — Socrates.

“Don’t open a shop unless you know how to smile.” — Jewish proverb

“I’d like to reverse a traditional piece of commencement time advice. You know it well, it goes: `Make no little plans.’ Instead, I’d like to say this: Make no little enemies—people with whom you differ for some petty, insignificant, personal reason. Instead, I would urge you to cultivate `mighty opposites’—people with whom you disagree on big issues, with whom you will fight to the eng over fundamental convictions. And that fight, I assure you, will be good for you and your opponent.” — Thomas J Watson, Jr.

“When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first.” — Josiah Quincy

“Don’t be misled into believing that somehow the world owes you a living. The boy who believes that his parents, or the government, or anyone else owes him a livelihood and that he can collect it without labor will wake up one day and find himself working for another boy who did not have that belief and, therefore, earned the right to have others work for him.” — David Sarnoff

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without `playing up’ to anyone—even to himself.” — Andre’ Malraux

“If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.” — Yugoslav proverb

“Remember that it is far better to follow well than to lead indifferently.” — John G Vance

“Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.” — Seneca

“Do you want to make friends? Be friendly. Forget yourself… You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people then you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” — Dale Carnegie

“Things do not happen in this world–they are brought about.” — Hays

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Every noble work is at first impossible.” — Thomas Carlyle

“The way to do things is to begin.” — Horace Greeley

“Choice, not chance, determines human destiny.” — Anonymous

“If you want to pull yourself into glorious adulthood and personal fulfillment, do not permit yourself to live an uncharted life.” — Rhoda Lachar

“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.” — Clementine Paddleford

“Ideals are like stars: you will never succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.” — Carl Schurz

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” — James Bryant Conant

“No rule for success will work if you won’t.” — Unknown

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” — Plato

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell `em, `Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” — Henry J. Kaiser

“Just remember that what you are going to be tomorrow you are becoming today.” — Anonymous

“`We sure shook that bridge,’ the mouse said to the elephant after they crossed the bridge.” — Anonymous

“The man who says `It can’t be done,’ is liable to be interrupted by someone doing it.” — Anonymous

“Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.” — Macaulay

“Hoping and waiting is not my way of doing things.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It is no use to wait for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.” — Belgian proverb

“Some men make difficulties; difficulties make some men.” — Anonymous

“Knowledge without wisdom ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.” — Plato

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” — Chinese proverb

“If I listen, I have the advantage; if I speak, others have it.” — from the Arabic

“We have two ears and one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.” — Diogenes

“Do you wish people to speak well of you? Then do not speak at all of yourself.” — Pascal

“From listening comes wisdom and from speaking, repentance.” — Italian proverb

“The person who gossips to you will gossip about you.” — Anonymous

“The Harvest–Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” — Unknown

“A man will remain a rag-picker as long as he has only the vision of a rag-picker.” — O.S. Marden

“The surest way to know the chip off a fellow’s shoulder is by patting him on the back.” — Anonymous

“Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possess, but not how many friends.” — Cicero

“Enthusiasm is self-confidence in action.” — Franklin Field

“Enthusiasm is a vital element toward the individual success of every man and woman.” — Conrad Hilton

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not, unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence, and persistence alone, always has, and always will, solve the problems of the human race.” — Calvin Coolidge

“Show me a thoroughly satisfied man–I will show you a failure.” — Thomas A. Edison

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

“Think excitement, talk excitement, act out excitement, and you are bound to become an excited person. Life will take on a new zest, deeper interest and greater meaning. You can think, talk, and act yourself into dullness or into monotony or into unhappiness. By the same process you can build up inspiration, excitement and a surging depth of joy.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“Learn how to pay compliments. Start with the members of your family, and you will find it will become easier in life to compliment others. It’s a great asset.” — Letitia Baldrige

“When you cannot get a compliment any other way pay yourself one.” — Mark Twain