Awesome Quotes

Re: Reading

  • “What you will become in five years will be determined by what you read and who you associate with.” -Charles ‘Tremendous’ Jones
  • “The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries.” -Descartes
  • “My alma mater was books, a good library…I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” -Malcolm X
  • “A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting.” -Walter Mosley (The Long Fall)
  • “The difference between the people you admire and everyone else [is that the former are] the people who read.” -Bryan Callen, to David Blaine
  • “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” -Erasmus
  • “I cannot live without books.” -Thomas Jefferson
  • “Whatever problem you’re struggling with is probably addressed in some book somewhere written by someone a lot smarter than you.” -Ryan Holiday
  • “My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” -Abraham Lincoln
  • “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” -Roald Dahl
  • “The genuine love for reading itself, when cultivated, is a superpower. We live in the age of Alexandria, when every book and every piece of knowledge ever written down is a fingertip away. The means of learning are abundant–it’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.” -Naval Ravikant

Re: Lifelong Learning

  • “I remind myself every morning: nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So, if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” -Larry King
  • “Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” -Abraham Lincoln
  • “No matter what you’ve done up to this point, you better still be a student…It is a position that one has to assume for life. Learn from everyone and everything.” -Ryan Holiday (Ego Is the Enemy)

Re: Leadership

  • “I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.” -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
  • “It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” -W. Somerset Maugham
  • “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” -Ray Kroc
  • “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.” -Warren Bennis
  • “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
  • “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” -John F. Kennedy
  • “Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” -General George Patton
  • “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” -Pericles

Re: Hard Work

  • “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” -Abraham Lincoln
  • “Victory awaits him who has everything in order—luck, people call it.” -Roald Amundsen
  • “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” -T.S. Eliot
  • “People don’t reach their potential on accident. The secret to success can be found in people’s daily agendas.” -John Maxwell
  • “Luck is a word people who are lazy use to describe people who are hustling.” –Jon Acuff (Start)
  • “Let us run the risk of wearing out rather than rusting out.” -Teddy Roosevelt
  • “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lives solely in my tenacity.” -Louis Pasteur
  • “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”- Paulo Coelho
  • “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 determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On!’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge
  • “I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic.” -Will Smith
  • ”We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle
  • “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the most successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” -Steve Jobs
  • “Everything worthwhile is uphill.” -John Maxwell
  • “Everyone who strives to reach his potential must pay a price–in time, effort, resources, and opportunities missed. Many people fail to pay the price that their potential demands.” -John Maxwell (Good Leaders Ask Great Questions)
  • “From my experience, the most common trait you will consistently observe in accomplished people is an obsession with completion. Once a project falls into their horizon, they crave almost compulsively, to finish it.” -Cal Newport
  • “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” -Brian Tracy
  • “People do not decide their futures. They decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” -F.M. Alexander

Re: Character

  • “I will speak ill of no man…and speak all the good I know of everybody.” -Benjamin Franklin
  • “We have made at least a start in discovering the meaning in human life when we plant shade trees under which we know full well we will never sit.” -D. Elton Trueblood
  • “One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present. When you defend those who are absent, you retain the trust of those present.” –Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
  • “I’ve been preparing for death all my life by the life I’ve led.” -Socrates
  • “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” -Abraham Lincoln
  • “Be careful how you interpret the world; it is like that.” -Erich Heller
  • “Smooth seas do not make strong sailors.” -African Proverb
  • “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” -Abraham Lincoln
  • “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” -Samuel Johnson
  • “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” -Roy Disney

Re: Humility

  • “I wish to have as my epitaph: ‘Here lies a man who was wise enough to bring into his service men who knew more than he.'” -Andrew Carnegie
  • “It takes a special kind of humility to grasp that you know less, even as you know and grasp more and more.” -Ryan Holiday, Ego Is the Enemy
  • “As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” -John Wheeler

Re: Communication Skills and Professional Tension

  • “The greatest tragedy of mankind comes from the inability of people to have thoughtful disagreement to find out what’s true.” -Ray Dalio
  • “Don’t let ‘loyalty’ stand in the way of truth and openness. No one has the right to hold a critical opinion without speaking up about it.” -Ray Dalio
  • “Explicit disagreement is better than implicit misunderstanding.” –Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen (Thanks for the Feedback)
  • “When two partners always agree, one of them is not necessary.” –Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People)
  • “There is nothing quite as effective, when it comes to shutting down alternative viewpoints, as being convinced you are right.” –Ed Catmull (Creativity, Inc.)
  • “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools speak because they have to say something.” -Plato

Re: Prioritization

  • “There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.” -Peter Drucker
  • “If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.” -Russian Proverb

Re: Simplification

  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” -Albert Einstein
  • “Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It’s hard to make something simple.” -Richard Branson
  • “Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” -Steve Jobs

Re: Education

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
  • “The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” -Malcolm Forbes
  • “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” -H.G. Wells

Re: Justice

  • “The suffering of one man is the suffering of all. Distances are irrelevant to injustice. If not stopped soon enough, evil eventually reaches out to engulf all men, whether they have opposed it or ignored it.” -George Lucas (Star Wars: A New Hope)
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “The world is a dangerous place; not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” -Albert Einstein

Re: Other Topics

  • “High achievers tend to have major weaknesses. People without major weaknesses tend to be mediocre.” –Guy Kawasaki (The Art of the Start)
  • “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
  • “The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.” -John Maynard Keynes
  • “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” -Jack Canfield
  • “No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.” -Aristotle
  • “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” -Abraham Lincoln
  • “Money has never made man happy, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” -Benjamin Franklin
  • “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” -Woodrow Wilson
  • “Any useful statement about the future should at first seem ridiculous.” -Jim Dator
  • “We feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” -Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger
  • ”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
  • “There are no radical creative choices that do not carry with them an inherent risk of equally radical failure. You cannot do anything great without aggressively courting your own limits and the limits of your ideas.” -Aisha Tyler
  • “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • “All events are neutral, and I can choose how to react to them. I can choose to be a victim to my circumstances, or I can choose to stand responsible for how I handle my circumstances.” -Daniel Negreanu
  • “Protection from stress serves only to erode my capacity [to handle it]. Stress exposure is the stimulus for all growth…Avoiding stress, I have learned, will never provide the capacity that life demands of me…In a real sense, to grow in life, I must be a seeker of stress.” -Jim Loehr

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