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Some of My Favorite Quotes


You never get a second chance to do it right the first time.
- Unknown

What you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you say.
- Emerson

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
- Desiderius Erasmus

In spite of warnings, nothing much happens until the status quo becomes more painful than change.
- Laurence J. Peter

I am afraid that the misconduct the president has admitted may be reinforcing one of the worst messages being delivered by our popular culture, which is that values are fungible. And I am concerned that his misconduct may help to blur some of the most important bright lines of right and wrong in our society.
- Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Sept. 3, 1998 (referring to Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky affair)

When the amount of change externally exceeds the amount of change internally, the end is in sight.
- Jack Welch

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
- President John Adams

The circumstances that surround a man or woman's life are not important. It is how the individual responds to those circumstances that is the No. 1 determining factor in whether they will fail or succeed.
- Booker T. Washington

It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seem to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein

... human free will implies God's prior decision not to tamper with the metaphysical base of that free will. It also implies man's ability to reject the persuasion God uses to influence that free will while leaving its metaphysical base intact! Persuasion, not compulsion, is what even He must rely upon! And persuasion, by its very definition, must be resistible!
- Don Richardson

When the farmer has got his house, he may not be the richer but the poorer for it, and it be the house that has got him... a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
- Thoreau ("Walden")

If you have more than five goals, you have none.
- Peter Drucker

To me, it's not the principle of the thing; it's the money!
- Daffy Duck (1963)

I have decided that whatever time I may have left is left for Him.
- Ronald Reagan (during his recovery from the assassination attempt; spoken to Cardinal Terence J. Cooke)

Can you see God? You haven't seen him? I've never seen the wind. I see the effects of the wind, but I've never seen the wind. There's a mystery to it.
- Billy Graham

Over commitment in business is usually due to a lack of faith, which results in fear -- specifically, the fear of failure. But if we really believe God is in control, then we also should believe He's able to make us successful while we are keeping our lives in balance.
- Larry Burkett, Money Matters (9/01 issue, pg. 2)

God doesn't have any grandchildren.
- Luis Palao

Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left.
- Fulton Sheen

Statistically, 100% of the shots you don't take, don't go in.
- Wayne Gretzky

The great art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.
- Napoleon

That is the most public yet of my many humiliations.
- Jackie Chiles (lawyer character on "Seinfeld")

Better to love God and die unknown then to love the world and be a hero; better to be content with poverty than to die a slave to wealth; better to have taken some risks and lost than to have done nothing and succeeded at it.
- Erwin W. Lutzer

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
-Mario Andretti

I judge a woman and a horse by the same criteria: legs, head and rear end.
- Elizabeth Arden

Management should be by anticipation, not crisis.
- Fred Smith

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
- George Orwell

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.
- Oscar Levant

Rob, I don't understand a word you say, but I love to hear you say it.
- Tim Whelan (my former boss)

If I was given four days to chop down a large tree, I would spend the first three days sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

With one watch you know what time it is. With two, you're never quite sure.
- Ben Franklin

Cheap is the last refuge of a product developer or marketer who is out of great ideas.
- Seth Godin

There is no growth without fear or loss, and there is no loss without pain. Every change involves a loss of some kind.
- Rick Warren

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
- Henry Ford

Never walk backwards in an art gallery.
- Me

People commonly use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post; For support rather than illumination.
- Mark Twain 

It is more satisfying to be a bad player at golf. The worse you play, the better you remember the occasional good shot.
- Nubar Gulbenkian

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
- Winston Churchill

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb 

If you build a great product or service, people will talk about it. But it starts with having something that's worth talking about.
- Jeff Bezos

I don't differentiate between personal and professional work. Everything I do is personal.
- Bill Frakes

..the switch crashed and rebooted due to a software bug. This is how the device is designed to operate.
- Memo from a vendor explaining a major crash

To be a parent is to live in fear. And joy. And everything in between.
- Robert Needlman, M.D., F.A.A.P.

The secret to happiness is low expectations.
- Barry Schwartz

Your brand is nothing more than what people think of when they think of you. And the strength of your brand is measured by the degree of trust that consumers have with it.
- Pat Connolly, Williams-Sonoma CMO

Only two business functions produce new customers. They are marketing and innovation. All other functions are expenses.
- Peter Drucker

Fear of failure falls away in the face of death.
- Steve Jobs

I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
- Napoleon

There is no extinct technology.
- Kevin Kelly

All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
- James Madison