Nothing will work unless you do.
– Maya Angelou

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
– Aristotle

Happiness is activity.
– Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
– Aristotle

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
– Toni Cade Bambera

Never take no for an answer and never give up. If you really believe in what you’re doing, and you’re really keen, then you’ll succeed – it’s as simple as that.
– Sir Peter Blake

If you are not working on your ideas each day, you’re working on someone else’s.
– Marjorie Blanchard

A poor tradesman blames his tools.
– Anon

You must tell yourself – no matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it.
– Les Brown

Begin a difficult conversation by listening.
– Robert Buckman

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.
– Warren Buffett

You don’t need to have extraordinary effort to achieve extraordinary results. You just need to do the ordinary, everyday things exceptionally well.
– Warren Buffett

You may delay, but time will not.
– Benjamin Franklin

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference.
– Nolan Bushness

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
– Albert Einstein

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
– Nicholas Murray Butler

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
– Winston Churchill

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
– Winston Churchill

There are plenty of good ideas, if only they can be backed with the power of action.
– Winston Churchill

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
– Confucius

There’s nothing wrong with being realistic – as long as you create your own reality.
– Beth Mende Conny

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
– Stephen Covey

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
– Benjamin Disraeli

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
– Thomas Edison

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
– Thomas Edison

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
– Albert Einstein

That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage. The coward despairs.
– Euripides

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
– Sam Ewing

You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.
– Henry Ford

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
– Henry Ford

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

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.
– Brendan Francis

I do the unpleasant tasks before I do the pleasant ones.
– Viktor Frankl

I try to do everything as soon as possible, and not at the last moment. This ensures that, when I am overburdened with work, I will not face the added pressure of knowing that something is still to be done.
– Viktor Frankl

The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips.
– John Paul Getty

If you want employees to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
– Haim Ginott

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is; treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.
– Goethe

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
– Vincent Van Gogh

The harder I work, the luckier I get.
– Sam Goldwyn

Family, friends, colleagues, bankers and lawyers may all have useful ideas and advice but at the end of the day you have to make your own decisions.
– Stelios Haji-loanno

We will either find a way, or make one.
– Hannibal

People seldom become famous for what they say until after they are famous for what they’ve done.
– Cullen Hightower

Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
– Napoleon Hill

The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.
– Napoleon Hill

If the going is tough and the pressure is on,
If the reserves of strength have been drained and
the summit is still not in sight,
then the quality to seek in the person is neither
great strength nor quickness of hand,
but rather a resolute mind firmly set on its purpose
that refuses to let its body slack or rest.
– Sir Edmund Hillary

No nonsense, no mucking around. Just get in there and do it. Once everything else is in place, just keep your eyes on the prize.
– Sir Edmund Hillary

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is good work today.
– Elbert Hubbard

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect it’s successful outcome.
– William James

Entrepreneurs…are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of risk and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.
– Dr. Robert Jarvik

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
– David Starr Jordan

Success isn’t something you chase. It’s something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it. Most people don’t understand that.
– Michael Jordan

All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
– John F. Kennedy

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
– John F. Kennedy

There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
– Robert F. Kennedy

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
– Charles Kettering

What others call tough, I call persistent.
– Estee Lauder

Success demands singleness of purpose.
– Vince Lombardi

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
– Vince Lombardi

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.
– Harvey Mackay

Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.
– Harvey Mackay

Hard work often leads to success. No work seldom does.
– Harvey Mackay

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.
– Andre Malraux

I sometimes compare my brainstorming on paper to the drilling of oil wells. The only way to strike oil is to drill a lot of wells.
– Tom Monaghan

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
– Christopher Morley

Success is about who you are, not what you have. Successful people work to discover their talents, to develop those talents, and then to use those talents to benefit others as well as themselves.
– Tom Morris

The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.
– A.J. Nock

Chance favours the prepared mind.
– Louis Pasteur

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.
– H. Ross Perot

What you praise you increase.
– Catherine Ponder

I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
– Anthony Robbins

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
– Anthony Robbins

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.
– Anthony Robbins

The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
– Anthony Robbins

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
– Will Rogers

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
– L.P. Sanadhya

Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power, a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.
– Marsha Sinetar

To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.
– Sydney Smith

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
– Margaret Thatcher

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.
– Donald Trump

Losing is simply learning to win.
– Ted Turner

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

– Mark Twain

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
– Jim Rohn

Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.
– Denis Waitley

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
– Andy Warhol

Dreaming is wonderful, goal setting is crucial, but action is supreme. To make something great happen you must get busy and make it happen. Take that action step today that will put you on your path to achievement.
– Greg Werner

We possess such immense resources of power that pessimism is a laughable absurdity.
– Colin Wilson

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