Favorite Quotes

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If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.
-Unknown

Anyone that says "It's fairly straight forward" has no clue on what's going on.
-cryan.com

History - Usually I hear this from someone who claims to know what they are doing. Then find out later that they have no clue to what's going on.

Fans don't boo nobodies.
-Reggie Jackson

You have an internal critic, an internal drive that says, ‘OK, you can do more.’ Maybe that’s what keeps you going,
-Robin Williams 2003

"Boys, outsiders don't play. Let's start the show."
Uruguay's captain, Obdulio Varela in 1950

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.
- Shaquille O'Neal as the "Big Aristotle" in 2000.

It's time to leave Average-ville and head on over to Champion Estates.
- Sam Crowley founder of Everyday is Saturday

A project without a deadline is a career. Change that.
- cryan

Your gonna rattle the stars, you are!
- John Silver from Treasure Island (1950)

In order to be successful in business you need to find a problem or need, and solve that problem or need.
-Computer Business Services Inc.
Andrew L. Douglass

Nobody wants to stand behind a parked car. You got to always follow somebody who keeps it moving.
-T.D. Jakes

I want to thank everybody who has always supported, my critics for driving me , my moms and bother for inspiring 20th and still goin thanku
-Paul Pierce
Tweeted after getting on the 20th place of all time scoring.

Good Leader doesn't lead, instead give a good reason for people to follow them.
- Unknown

Judge me by my size, do you?
- Yoda

Yesterday you said tomorrow
- Nike

Happy Tom Brady Day
- 12/12/2012

If you can't outplay them, outwork them.
- Ben Hogan

A champion is one who gets up even when he can't.
- Jack Dempsey

There are no office hours for champions.
- Paul Dietzel

Everyone needs Deadlines.
- Walt Disney

You can't make a great play unless you do it first in practice.
-Chuck Noll

Bring you B game, then we'll talk about your A game
- KC Jones

Always add a few extra blood dumplings when cooking mykyrokka for a tonttu-ukko!
- Finnish saying

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.
- Albert Einstein

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas Edison

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
- Jerome K. Jerome

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
-Dale Carnegie

You have to think anyway, so why not think big?
-Donald Trump

"Do or do not, there is not try."
-Yoda

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
- Thomas Edison

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.
- Wendy Wasserstein

When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough.
- Donald Trump

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
- Henry Ford

Do things right the first time. SEALs don't have the luxury of a second chance.
- Navy SEAL PT Test

Individuals play the game, but teams win championships.
- New England Patriots Moto

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
- Ted Williams

Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
- Larry Bird

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish
- Steve Jobs

If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.
- Nora Roberts

"Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?"
- Mary Oliver

Perceived Limitations are death to your goals.
- Unknown

If you can dream it, you can do it.
- Walt Disney

"If you do not see great riches in your imagination, you will never see them in your bank balance."
- Napoleon Hill

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
- Confucius

"Anything in life worth having is worth working for."
-Andrew Carnegie

Every great achievement was once considered impossible.

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
- Abraham Lincoln

There are two ways to do things. The right way and again. Get it right.
- Navy Seals

"Just make sure you never do less than your best"
- Walt Disney

"Life is like a throw to first base, always aim high."
- Kevin Youkilis' Dad

For those of you in Rio Linda...
- Rush Limbaugh

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

E-Commerce is happening the way all the hype said it would. Internet deployment is happening. Broadband is happening. Everything we ever said about the Internet is happening. And it is very, very early. We can't even glimpse it's potential in changing the way people work and live.
- Andy Grove in August 2003

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
William Shakespeare
Henry The Fourth, Part 2 Act 3, scene 1, 26:31

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
-Grace Murray Hopper

It wasn't ours to have, it was ours to earn.
Claude Julien, Head Coach of the Boston Bruins at a press conference moment after winning the Stanley Cup.

A project without a deadline is a career.
-- cryan.com

What am I seeing that no one else is seeing?
-- cryan.com

I have no animosity towards the Jets...
No hard feelings
Business is Business, time to move on.
- Bill Belichick 1999

If you're going to let one stupid prick ruin your life... you're not the girl I thought you were
Professor Stromwell from Legally Blonde

But I believe the times demand invention, innovation, imagination, decision.
I am asking each of you to be new pioneers on that New Frontier.
My call is to the young in heart, regardless of age-to the stout in spirit, regardless of party-to all who respond to the scriptural call:

"Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed."

-- Part of the acceptance address by John F. Kennedy

Your much smarter than you think you are!
-- cryan.com

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
- Woody Allen

Happyness is a positive cash flow

- A sign on an CFO desk at Digital Equipment Corporation.

We cannot change the wind
but we can adjust our sails
- Found on a sign in Orleans, MA

Its boring not to take risks

- Madonna, Confession on a Dance Floor 2006
Hartford, CT
June 25, 2006

"I am not afraid to fail, I think that if you have that, if you have that in the back of your mind your probably gonna. That's how you make a name for yourself thats how you go out there and look at things."
- David Wells

at a Red Sox Press Conference on September 30, 2005

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you're the pilot.
- Michael Altshuler

I won the gold medal in Amsterdam because of discipline and commitment. That is what the present day players have to strive for.
-- Feroze Khan, 1928 Gold Metalist for the India hockey team

Votes are something that you earn.
-- Tom Brokaw, the day after the 2004 Elections

"I don't believe in curses, I think you make your own destination."
-- 2004 World Series MVP Manny Ramirez

Accept the challenge, So you can feel the exhilaration of Victory!
- General George S. Patton

Think
- IBM slogan created by Tom Watson, Jr. in 1914

The path to excellence is to halt - Now! - all un-excellent stuff.
-Tom Watson

There seems to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle wrought by the had of God in his favor as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
- Ben Franklin
As seen on a sign on a farm in Concord, Massachusetts.

You don't want to let anything sneak through the crack,
you don't want to forget anything,
you don't want to miss anything,
you want to be perfect on that day
because in life you don't get a lot of chances to be a champion.
- John Madden

Its a great country, but you can't live in it for nothing
- Will Rogers

Momentum is whatever your attitude determines it to be.
- Lou Holtz

We are not going to win because you have a new head coach, any more than you are going to fix a flat tire by changing the driver. We will win the minute all of us get rid of excuses as to why we can't win and stop wallowing in self-pity.
- Lou Holtz

After landing his invasion forces on the shores of some country, the sixteenth-century Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes would immediately burn his own boats. He was sending his army a message: "We can't turn back. Either we succeed here or we die here." Excuses were not an option.
- Lou Holtz

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
- Lou Holtz

Remember: Every day some ordinary person does something extraordinary. Today, it's your turn.
- Lou Holtz

He says there's no easy answers...I say he's not looking hard enough.
- Bart Simpson

Its not about being perfect, its about progress
- Larry North

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shinin' at the end of ev'ry day
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow's just a dream away
- Disney's Carousel Of Progress

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
- Former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
- Tom Robbins

You don't just stumble into the future. You create your own future.
- Roger Smith

You've got to say, "I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it." It's called perseverance.
- Lee J. Iacocca

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have.
-Thomas Jefferson

Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.
- attributed to Coach Darrel Royal and also Oprah Winfrey

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don't ask, the answer is always no.
- Tony Robbins

It's incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busy-ness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it's leaning against the wrong wall.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I once read that more millionaires per capita were created during the Great Depression than at any other time in history.
- Harry S. Dent, Jr.

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
- Walt Disney

Outsmart the present.... Focus on the Future....
- Phoenix University

Simplify, simplify
- Henry D. Thoreau

Let us not forget that the value of this great system does not lie primarily in its extent or even in its efficiency. Its worth depends on the use that is made of it... For the first time in human history we have available to us the ability to communicate simultaneously with millions of our fellowmen, to furnish entertainment, instruction, widening vision of national problems and national events. An obligation rests on us to see that it is devoted to real service and to develop the material that is transmitted into that which is really worthwhile.
Herbert Hoover, Secretary of Commerce, 1924
Regarding the potential of broadcast radio

Life is too short not to give 100 percent.
- Marcel L. Savoie

My friend, the artist Tom Lea of El Paso, Texas, captured the way I feel about our great land, a land I love. He and his wife, he said, ``Live on the east side of the mountain. It's the sunrise side, not the sunset side. It is the side to see the day that is coming, not to see the day that has gone.''
Americans live on the sunrise side of the mountain, the night is passing, and we're ready for the day to come.
- George W. Bush Acceptance Speech

Compromise, hell! That's what has happened to us all down the line and that's the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?
- Sen. Jesse Helms
In 1959 editorial on compromise in politics.

I fight for what I believe. If you are not willing to stand up for what you believe, your beliefs are not strong enough.
- Sen. Jesse Helms

When written in Chiness, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters - one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity
- John F. Kennedy

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
- John F. Kennedy

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves
- Thomas A. Edison

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
- Woody Allen

Look up and not down;
Look forward and not back;
Look out and not in;
Lend a Hand
- Edward Everett Hale

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
- Helen Keller

A riot is a spontaneous outbust. A war is subject to advance planning.
- Richard Nixon

But the time will come when New England will be as thickly peopled as old England. Wages will be as low, and will fluctuate as much with you as with us. You will have your Manchesters and Birminghams; and, in those Manchesters and Birminghams, hundreds of thousands of artisans will assuredly be sometimes out of work. Then your institutions will be fairly brought to the test.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay
May 23, 1857

But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
- John Maynard Keys

According to the theory of aerodynamics, as may be readily demonstrated through wind tunnel experiments, the bumblebee is unable to fly. This is because the size, weight and shape of his body in relation to the total wingspread make flying impossible. But the bumblebee, being ignorant of the scientific truths, goes ahead and flies anyway - and makes a little honey every day.
- Ralph L. Woods
Sign in a General Motors Corporation plant

If I had six hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink form this responsibility-I welcome it.
- John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961

Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.
- Douglas Macarthur

Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.
- Daniel Webster
Address at the laying of the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument
June 17, 1825

Various Sayings:

  • The Wise don't expect to find life worth living; they make it that way.
  • Always expect the worst, and when it comes, make the best of it.
  • In the long run, the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
  • What's the difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist created the plane; a pessimist created the seat belts.

The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.
- Slogan of the United States Army Service Forces

Do you want to succeed? Then, double you rate of failure. Success lies on the far side of failure.
- Tomas Watson Sr.

Everything in strategy is very simple, but that does not mean everything is very easy.
-Clausewitz

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorothea Brande, author of "Wake Up and Live"

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

With every adversity, there is a seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. Put another way, With every disadvantage, there is an advantage.
-Napoleon Hill

"Would you like to go to a doctor who had taken his last medical course in 1948? You have to keep changing and keep learning so that you are constantly challenging yourself, adding a few new songs to your program every chance you get. If you don't, the world will pass you by. "
- Harvey Mackay

'A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.''
- Harry S. Truman

Your as big as you think you are
- 2004 Walmart Commercial

The deal is not to know everything, but to know the email of the one who does.
- manoloweb in forums.devarticles.com

Seek then to change not because a thing is wrong; but because it no longer makes an accurate statement of who you are
- Unknown

Remember where you are going there are no roads.
- Doc Brown, Back to the Future 3.

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
- Constable Benton Fraser on Due South

Only Unemployed people have excuses.
- WB Network TV Show.

Famous Inscriptions

I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE,
and on All that shall hereafter Inhabit it.
May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof!
- John Adams
November 2, 1800
Found in the State Dinning Room of the White House

In this temple
As in the hearts of the people
For whom he saved the Union
The Memory of Abraham
Lincoln
Is enshrined forever

- Royal Cortissoz
Inscription above the statue of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds
- carved over the entrance to the central post office building in New York City

Humorist

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
- Ronald Reagan
Microphone test
August 11, 1984