Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Quotes about Time

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.



Dost thou love life?

then do not squander time,

for that is the stuff life is made from.

Benjamin Franklin, US statesman, author, scientist (1706-1790)


The only things that start on time are those things that you’re late for.



Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, US essayist, poet (1803-1882)



He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

William Bridges, US engineer, researcher, educator (b. 1934)



We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s gone.

Robert Pirsig, US author, philosopher (b. 1928)



Time makes more converts than reason.

Thomas Paine, British author, political theorist (1737-1809)



You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Charles Buxton, British administrator in South America (1853-1934)



No mind is much employed upon the present. Recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.

Samuel Johnson, British poet, critic, lexicographer (1709-1784)



Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.

Morgan Scott Peck, US psychiatrist (1936-2005)



The word ‘now’ is like a bomb through the window, and it ticks.

Arthur Miller, US dramatist (1915-2005)

Monday, 30 May 2011

Quotes about Thinking

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.




Few people think more than two or three times a year. I’ve made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, essayist (1856-1950)




The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

Albert Einstein, German physicist (1879-1955)



Of one thing we can be sure. The quality of our life in the future will be determined by the quality of our thinking.

Edward de Bono, Maltese psychologist, author (b. 1933)



No one is thinking if everyone is thinking alike.

George S Patton, US general (1885-1945)



Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

Walter Lippmann, US newspaper commentator, author (1889-1974)



Thought is action in rehearsal.

Sigmund Freud, Austrian founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939)



Big thinking precedes great achievement.

Wilferd Arlan Peterson, US poet, author (1900-1995)



Ours is a very fast-moving field. You have to be able to step back from it. Many years ago, I decided to take a week every year and absorb myself in thinking many years ahead. I get colleagues to put together what PhD theses I should read, what products I should play with, what memos I should look at. So, it’s been, except for sleeping a little bit, day and night all by myself uninterrupted. Now, because things are moving so fast, I do it twice a year.

Bill Gates, US computer engineer, entrepreneur (b. 1955)



If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you: but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.

Donald Marquis, US newspaper owner, poet, playwright (1878-1937)



All the problems in the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.

Thomas J Watson, US businessman, founder of IBM (1874-1956)



People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855)



Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.

Henry Ford, US automobile manufacturer, engineer (1863-1947)



Most people would rather die than think: many do.

Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, mathematician (1872-1970)



Few minds wear out; more rust out.

Christian Nestell Bovee, US author, lawyer (1820-1904)



The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working when you get up in the morning, and doesn’t stop until you get to the office.

Robert Frost, US poet (1874-1963)



Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.

Benjamin Wharf, US linguist (1897-1941)



Life does not consist mainly – or even largely – of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one’s head.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910)



All the talk about labour flexibility misses the point. It’s not ways of working that need to become more flexible, it’s ways of thinking.

Simon Caulkin, British journalist



Far from thinking coming after knowledge, knowledge comes on the coat tails of thinking. Therefore, instead of knowledge-centred schools we need thinking-centred schools. This is no luxury, no Utopian vision of erudite and elitist education. These are hard facts about the way learning works.

David Perkins, US psychologist







Friday, 27 May 2011

Quotes about Technology

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.



For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.

Alice Kahn, US author, journalist


When all else fails, read the instructions.
 
While modern technology has given people powerful new communication tools, it apparently can do nothing to alter the fact that many people have nothing useful to say.
Lee Gomes, US journalist

Conversations are the way knowledge workers discover what they know, share it with colleagues, and in the process create new knowledge for the organisation. The panoply of modern information and communication technology – for example, computers, faxes, email – can help knowledge workers in this process. But all depends upon the quality of the conversations that such technologies support.
Alan Webber, US editor, author, presenter (b. 1948)
Increasing access to technology improves overall wealth, but also exacerbates inequality, because access benefits the information-rich the most.
John Browning, US scientist, author

The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.
John Naisbitt & Patricia Aburdene, US futurist authors (Naisbitt b. 1929; Aburdene b. 1968)

Like it or not, we are entering a phase in which the economy is dominated by technology – therefore dominated by increasing returns and by permanent transience instead of equilibrium.
W Brian Arthur, Irish economist (b. 1945)




Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Quotes about Teamwork

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.


Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

Henry Ford, US automobile manufacturer, engineer (1863-1947)


Teamwork is essential. It allows you to blame someone else.



Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.

Alexander the Great, King of Macedon (356-323 BC)



When a blind man carries a lame man, both go forward.

Joseph Stalin, Georgian-born Soviet statesman (1879-1953)



Not even mighty warriors can break a frail arrow when it is multiplied and supported by its fellows. As long as you brothers support one another and render assistance to one another, your enemies can never gain the victory over you. But if you fall away from one another, you can be broken like a frail arrow, one at a time.

Borjigin Temüjin, known as Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol empire (1162-1227)



A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.

Japanese proverb



When spiders unite they can tie down a lion.

Ethiopian proverb



A paddle here, a paddle there – the canoe stays still.

African proverb



One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

Michael Jordan, US basketball player (b. 1963)



Ask not what your team-mates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your team-mates.

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, US basketball player (b. 1959)



It’s hard to work in groups when you’re omnipotent.

Q, character in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, created by Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991)



There is no limit to what a man can achieve as long as he doesn’t care who gets the credit.

Bob Woodruff, US country singer songwriter (b. 1961)



The world is moved along, not only be the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

Helen Keller, US author, lecturer (1880-1968)



The longer a management team is exposed to the problems of the real world the greater is the need to be prepared for a full range of problems and situations, and to have a team ready to meet them.

Raymond Meredith Belbin, British academic, management researcher (b. 1926)




Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Quotes about Success

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.



Secrets for success:

1.      Get up early.

2.      Work hard.

3.      Find oil.

J P Getty, US industrialist (1892-1976)


If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Here is the prime condition of success: having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.

Andrew Carnegie, British industrialist, philanthropist (1835-1919)



Success is a great deodorant.

Elizabeth Taylor, British/US actress (1932-2011)



Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

Napoleon Bonaparte, French soldier, statesman, revolutionary (1769-1821)



Most successes are unhappy. That’s why they are successes – they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Agatha Christie, British author (1890-1976)



Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Herman Cain, US food executive (b. 1945)



Success in highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which comes only to the man who has found the work he likes best.

Napoleon Hill, US motivational author, lecturer (1883-1970)



The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually became wealthy clearly reveals that their ‘luck’ arose from accidental dedication they had to an area they enjoyed.

Srully Blotnick, US management author, journalist (1941-2004)



 We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?

Jean Cocteau, French poet, playwright, film director (1889-1963)



Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people.

John McEnroe, US tennis player, sports commentator (b. 1959)



It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

Gore Vidal, US author, essayist (b. 1925)



Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Allen Stewart Konigsberg, known as Woody Allen, US film actor, director (b. 1935)



I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.

Mary Jean ‘Lily’ Tomlin, US comic actress (b. 1939)



Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.

Conrad Hilton, US businessman, founder of Hilton Hotels (1887-1979)



Nothing recedes like success.

Walter Winchell, US journalist, broadcaster (1897-1972)



Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

Joyce Brothers, US TV personality, psychologist (b. 1927)



To know how to wait is the great secret of success.

Joseph Marie De Maistre, French diplomat, author (1753-1821)



Monday, 23 May 2011

Quotes about Size

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.




Hey, size works against excellence.

Bill Gates, US computer engineer, entrepreneur (b. 1955)



Size isn’t everything. The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine.

Bill Vaughan, US journalist, author (1915-1977)



If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.

Anita Roddick, British retail executive, founder of The Body Shop (1942-2007)


Anita Roddick



Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.

E F Schumacher, German/British economist (1911-1977)



What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, known as Mother Teresa, Albanian charity worker (1910-1997)



It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it.

Steven Wright, US comedian (b. 1955)



Sunday, 22 May 2011

Quotes about Selling

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.



If you want to buy from us we speak English, but if you want to sell to us you must speak German.

Helmut Kohl, German statesman (b. 1930)



The merchant has no country.

Thomas Jefferson, US President (1741-1826)



Production minus sales equals scrap.

John Fenton, British sales author, presenter



When we sell products, we don’t sell objects, we sell feelings.

Geoff Burch, British management author, presenter (b. 1951)



It’s not creative unless it sells.

David Ogilvy, US advertising executive (1911-1919)



Plan the sale when you plan the ad.

Leo Burnett, US advertising executive (1891-1971)



Don’t say yes until I finish talking.

Darryl F Zanuck, US film producer, script writer (1902-1979)



Consultants don’t come to your business to give you advice – they come to raise an invoice.

Alan Sugar, British entrepreneur, founder of Amstrad (b. 1947)

Lord Sugar



You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

Winnie the Pooh, character in a book by A A Milne (1882-1956)



Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

Westley, character in the film ‘The Princess Bride’ written by William Goldman (b. 1931)




Saturday, 21 May 2011

Quotes about Self-Confidence

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.


For a man to achieve all that’s demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe, German poet, letter-writer (1749-1832)



And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.

Anthony Trollope, British author (1815-1882)



No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt, US United Nations delegate (1884-1962)



If you are always worried about how you are performing a task, about how others perceive your performance, you will never perform it well. Performance requires forgetting yourself.

Richard Saul Wurman, US architect, author (b. 1935)



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

Jesse Owens, US athlete (1913-1980)


Jesse Owens

 

When we examine our self-image we tend to find that it has been formulated by the information we have been given by others about ourselves; the art teacher who continually tells us we will never be a painter; the parent who tells us every day that we are too soft and sensitive; the bully who is praised by his bully father; and so on.

Trevor J Bentley, US facilitator, author



Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela, South African statesman (b. 1918)



Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with a vastly superior talent.

Sofia Villani Scicolone, known as Sophia Loren, Italian actress (b. 1934)



The real ‘haves’ are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire all of these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the real ‘have nots’ are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor.

Eric Hoffer, US philosopher, author, longshoreman (1902-1983)



An individual’s self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behaviour: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.

Joyce Brothers, US TV personality, psychologist (b. 1927)



Confidence is believing you have something to teach; arrogance is the belief you have nothing to learn.

Dale Dauten, US newspaper columnist (b. 1950)



There are two types of people – those who come into a room and say: ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Well, there you are!’

Frederick L Collins



I can say, ‘I am terribly frightened and fear is terrible and awful and it makes me uncomfortable, so I won’t do that because it’s uncomfortable.’ Or I could say, ‘Get used to being uncomfortable.’ It is uncomfortable doing something that’s risky. But so what? Do you want to stagnate and just be comfortable?

Barbra Streisand, US singer, actress (b. 1942)



Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.

John Donne, British poet (1572-1631)



Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Samuel Johnson, British poet, critic, lexicographer (1709-1784)



Friday, 20 May 2011

Quotes about Rules

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.



Hey, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.

Thomas Alva Edison, US inventor (1847-1931)




Rule No. 6:

Don’t take yourself so goddam’ seriously.

There are no other rules.

Benjamin Zander, British conductor, management author (b. 1939)



The fun isn’t in the rules, it’s in the doing.

David Firth, British management author (b. 1949)



The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, essayist (1856-1950)



Thursday, 19 May 2011

Quotes about Role Models

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.

 

Lives of great men remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet (1807-1882)



Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged.

Frederick Smith, British politician (1872-1930)



The core leadership strategy is simple: be a model. Commit yourself to your own personal mastery. Talking about personal mastery may open people’s minds somewhat, but actions always speak louder than words. There’s nothing more powerful you can do to encourage others in their quest for personal mastery than to be serious in your own quest.

Peter Senge, US management author, presenter (b. 1947)



Become a role model. Like a good doctor, keep learning. Demonstrate that you are a synthesiser, or better yet a humaniser, rather than merely an analyser or energiser by participating in the interactive dialogue and defining part of your work as the development of people and teams.

Michael Maccoby, US management author, psychologist (b. 1933)



If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

Confucius, Chinese philosopher, teacher (551-479 BC)


Confucius


Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

Warren Bennis, US academic, management author (b. 1925)



People have more need for models than for critics.

Scott Simmerman, US management consultant (b. 1948)



Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910)




Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Quotations about Risk

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.

 

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.

Cornelius Tacitus, Roman historian (55-120 AD)

If the odds are a million to one against something occurring, chances are 50-50 it will.

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
Marcel Proust, French author (1871-1922)

A ship in harbour is safe.
But that is not what ships are built for.
William Shedd, US author, moralist (1820-1894)

People cannot discover new oceans
until they lose sight of the shore.
André Gide, French novelist, critic (1869-1951)

Don’t play for safety – it’s the most dangerous thing in the world.
Horace Walpole, British author (1717-1797)

And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
Erica Jong, US author, poet (b. 1942)

Safe is risky.
Gene Pressman, US clothing retailer

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille, French playwright (1606-1684)

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.
Alfred North Whitehead, British philosopher, mathematician (1861-1947)

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Robert Schuller, US clergyman, author (b. 1926)

There is always a certain risk in being alive, and if you are more alive there is more risk.
Henrick Ibsen, Norwegian playwright, poet (1828-1906)

If you play safe in life, you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.
Shirley Hufstedler, US lawyer, federal judge (b. 1925)

Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Cecil Beaton, British photographer (1904-1980)

There are risks and costs to a programme of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F Kennedy, US President (1917-1963)

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910)

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.
Leslie Townes Hope, known as Bob Hope, British/US comedian (1903-2003)




Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Quotes about Resistance

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.


If you want to make enemies, try to change something.

Woodrow Wilson, US President (1856-1924)



People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.

Charles Kettering, US engineer, inventor (1876-1958)



It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones.

Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian political theorist (1469-1527)



The soft-minded man fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.

Martin Luther King Jr, US civil rights leader (1929-1968)



Men often oppose a thing merely because they had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

Alexander Hamilton, US statesman (1757-1804)



Every advance in civilisation has been denounced while it was still recent.

Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, mathematician (1872-1970)



He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.

James Russell Lowell, US poet, critic, statesman (1819-1891)



If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.

Hal Abelson, US computer academic, author



He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is in the cemetery.

Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (1916-1995)



It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

W Edwards Deming, US statistician, author (1900-1993)



The sad fact is that organisations change as little as they can rather than as much as they should.

Barry A Stein, US management author, consultant (b. 1955)



Change is always a threat when done to people, but it’s embraced as an opportunity when it is done by people.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, US academic, management author (b. 1943)



You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

Navajo proverb



The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.

Peter Medaway, Brazilian/British biologist (1915-1987)



Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the greatest harmony.

Heraclitus of Ephesus, Greek philosopher (535-475 BC)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Quotes about Relationships

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.


Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.

Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.

Just walk beside me, and be my friend.

Albert Camus, French/Algerian existentialist author (1913-1960)



Leadership is Relationship.

Benjamin Zander, British conductor, management presenter (b. 1939)



You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.

Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister (1917-1984)


Indira Gandhi


There is a subterranean emotional economy that passes amongst us all. In every interaction we can make people feel better or worse.

Daniel Goleman, US psychologist, author (b. 1946)



A wise man knows everything; a shrewd one everybody.

Fortune cookie



If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter. I do not mean simply the famous people of the world, but people from every walk and condition of life.

Eleanor Roosevelt, US United Nations delegate (1884-1962)



Sunday, 15 May 2011

Quotes about Reflection

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.


To do great work, a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.

Samuel Butler, British author (1835-1902)



Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

Edward Gibbon, British historian (1737-1794)



Some days you must learn a great deal, but you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up and touch everything. If you never let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle round inside of you.

Elaine Lobl Konigsburg, US author (b. 1930)



Sit in reverie and watch the changing colour of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet (1807-1882)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



It is generally recognised that creativity requires leisure, an absence of rush, time for the mind and imagination to float and wander and roam, time for the individual to descend into the depths of his or her psyche, to be available to barely audible signals rustling for attention. Long periods of time may pass in which nothing seems to be happening. But we know that kind of space must be created if the mind is to leap out of its accustomed ruts, to part from the standard, and generate a leap into the new.

Nathaniel Branden, US psychologist, author (b. 1930)



If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you’ll abort it if you do. Be patient and you’ll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait.

Robert Heinlein, US author (1907-1988)



Allow regular time for silent reflection. Turn inward and digest what has happened. Let the senses rest and grow still.

John Heider, US management author (1936-2010)



Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself.

Erik Satie, French composer (1866-1925)



Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

John Russell Lowell, US poet, critic, statesman (1819-1891)



You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister (1917-1984)



It would do the world good if every man would compel himself occasionally to be absolutely alone. Most of the world’s progress has come out of such loneliness.

Bruce Barton, US author, advertising executive (1886-1967)



Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together, that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of life.

Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese philosopher, author, poet (1883-1931)



Don’t just do it, stand there!

David Williams, British author, presenter (b. 1950)



Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, analytical psychologist (1876-1961)



Saturday, 14 May 2011

Quotes about Recognition

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.



That little packet of responsibility (job description), rewarded in accordance with a fixed formula (pay wall), and a single reporting relationship (place in the chain of command) is a roadblock on the highway of change.

William Bridges, US engineer, researcher, educator (b. 1934)



We have to switch incentives from careers, level and promotion, to personal reputation, teamwork and challenging assignments. People then need to feel they can influence, rather than just be rewarded by promotion.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, US academic, management author (b. 1943)



The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves but how she is treated. I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins because he always treats me as a flower girl and always will; but I know I can be a lady to you because you always treat me like a lady.

Eliza Doolittle, character in ‘Pygmalion’ by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


Eliza Doolittle


People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.





Frederic Ogden Nash, US humorous writer, poet (1902-1971)

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Quotes about Questions

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.


An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.




There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.

Charles Steinmetz, US electrical engineer (1865-1923)






That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.

Jacob Bronowski, British mathematician, scientist (1908-1974)



I keep six honest serving-men (they taught me all I knew): their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling, British author, poet (1865-1936)



If you don’t ask ‘why this?’ often enough, somebody will ask ‘why you?’

Tom Hirshfield, US research physicist