Wednesday, January 9, 2002

My Favorite Quotes

I am going to start compiling my favorite quotes, so you can check back to this page as I will update it every so often.




Character

A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
~ Dave Barry

It's not about what you're going to receive -- it's what you can give to others from what you've received.
~ Dwayne Wade



Creativity
It may, after all, be the bad habit of creative talents to invest themselves in pathological extremes that yield remarkable insights but no durable way of life for those who cannot translate their psychic wounds into significant art or thought.
~ Theodore Roszak, In Search of the Miraculous



Dedication

If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.
~ Zig Ziglar


Education

Any person who is educated is one who has learned to get whatever he or she wants in life wihout violating the rights of others. Education consists not so much of knowledge, but of knowledge effectively and persistently APPLIED. People are paid not merely for what they know, but more particularly for WHAT THEY DO WITH THAT WHICH THEY KNOW.
~ Napoleon Hill


Knowledge

Knowledge can be communicated but not wisdom.
~ Hermann Hesse

I found something wonderfully satisfying in the notion that you can attain Reality by knowledge. In later ages the sages of India in recognition of human infirmity admitted that salvation may be won by the way of love and the way of works, but they never denied that the noblest way, though the hardest, is the way of knowledge, for its instrument is the most precious faculty of man, his reason.
~ W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge (Larry)

When you hire people who are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.
~ R. H. Grant


Life
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
~ Helen Keller

The world isn't a creation, for out of nothing, nothing comes, but a manifestation of the eternal nature; ...evil is as direct a manifestation of the divine as good.
~ W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge

Everything had changed suddenly - the tone, the moral climate; you didn't know what to think, whom to listen to. As if all your life you had been led by the hand like a small child and suddenly you were on your own, you had to learn to walk by yourself. There was no one around, neither family nor people whose judgment you respected. At such a time you felt the need of committing yourself to something absolute - life or truth or beauty - of being ruled by it in place of the man-made rules that had been discarded. You needed to surrender to some such ultimate purpose more fully, more unreservedly than you had ever done in the old familiar, peaceful days, in the old life that was now abolished and gone for good.
~ Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago



The Mind
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
~ Napoleon Hill


Opportunity

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.
~ on the wall of a Jimmy John's restaurant

In life, do you ever really know if you're missing an opportunity? No, you really don't. And you're never really finished either, unless the finish is dying, and you don't really want to think about that too much.
~ Philip Seymour Hoffman


Reading

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
~ Mark Twain



Sincerity
Sincerity is more important than elocution.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, an obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. The hospitality was as cold as the ices.
~ Henry David Thoreau



Solitude
It is true that many creative people fail to make mature personal relationships, and some are extremely isolated. It is also true that, in some instances, trauma, in the shape of early separation or bereavement, has steered the potentially creative person toward developing aspects of his personality which can find fulfillment in comparative isolation. But this does not mean that solitary, creative pursuits are themselves pathological....
Avoidance behavior is a response designed to protect the infant from behavioural disorganization. If we transfer this concept to adult life, we can see that an avoidant infant might very well develop into a person whose principal need was to find some kind of meaning and order in life which was not entirely, or even chiefly, dependent upon interpersonal relationships.
~ Anthony Storr, Solitude: A Return to the Self



Travel
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~ St. Augustine

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. I feel better now, having said this, although only those who have experienced it will understand it.
~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something. I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every state I visited. Nearly every American hungers to move.
~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

"You going in that?"
"Sure."
"Where?"
"All over."
And then I saw what I was to see so many times on the journey - a looking of longing.
"Lord! I wish I could go."
"Don't you like it here?"
"Sure. It's all right, but I wish I could go."
"You don't even know where I'm going."
"I don't care. I'd like to go anywhere."
~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley



Writers and Writing

An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
~ de Chateaubriand

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
~ Ernest Hemingway

Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.
~ Stephen King, On Writing

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around those two things that I'm aware of, no shortcuts."
~ Stephen King, On Writing

The novel's spirit is the spirit of complexity. Every novel says to the reader: "Things are not as simple as you think."
~ Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel (The Depreciated Legacy of Cervantes)

The paradoxical nature of action is one of the novel's great discoveries.
~ Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel (Dialogue on the Art of the Novel)

The quest for the self has always ended, and always will end, in a paradoxical dissatisfaction. I don't say defeat. For the novel cannot breach the limits of its own possibilities, and bringing those limits to light is already an immense discovery, an immense triumph of cognition.
~ Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel (Dialogue on the Art of the Novel)

A novel examines not reality but existence. And existence is not what has occurred, existence is the realm of human possibilities, everything that man can become, everything he's capable of.
~ Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel (Dialogue on the Art of the Novel)

The novelist is neither historian nor prophet: he is an explorer of existence.
~ Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel(Dialogue on the Art of the Novel)

What is action? - the eternal question of the novel, its constitutive questions, so to speak. How is a decision born? How is it transformed into an act, and how do acts connect to make an adventure?
~ Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel (Notes Inspired by "The Sleepwalkers"

Even if I'm the one speaking, my reflections are connected to a character. I want to think his attitudes, his way of seeing things, in his stead and more deeply than he could do it himself.
~ Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel (Dialogue on the Art of Composition)

The novel is the imaginery paradise of individuals. It is the territory where no one possesses the truth, neither Anna nor Karenin, but where everyone has the right to be understood, both Anna and Karenin.
~ Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel (Jerusalem Address: The Novel and Europe)

When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then gradually I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate and I eliminate the possibility of ever finishing.
~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

"Happy," I muttered, trying to pin the word down. But it is one of those words, like Love, that I have never quite understood. Most people who deal in words don't have much faith in them and I am no exception - especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony. I feel at home with these, because they're scrawny and easy to pin, but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest or a fool to use them with any confidence.
~ Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, January 6, 2002

Inspirational Quotes

I am going to start compiling my favorite inspirational quotes, so you can check back to this page as I will update it every so often.



Achievement
Action
Adversity
Belief
Character
Commitment
Confidence
Courage
Dedication
Desire
Destiny
Determination
Dreams
Education
Enthusiasm
Focus
Gratitude
Habit
Improvement
Individuality
Leadership
Love
Mentor
The Mind
Miracles
Obstacles
Opportunity
Persistance
Perseverance
Potential
Reading
Sacrifice
Standards
Success
Will



Achievement

Getting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an achievement.
~ Anonymous

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
~ Anonymous

These are the four steps to accomplishment: Plan Purposefully. Prepare Prayerfully. Proceed Positively. Pursue Persistently.
~ Anonymous



Action

Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.
~ Anonymous

Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst is not to try.
~ Anonymous

The surest way to go broke is to sit around waiting for a break.
~ Anonymous

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
~ Andrew Carnegie

Well done is better than well said.
~ Ben Franklin

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
~ Norman Vincent Peale

All glory comes from daring to begin.
~ Eugene F. Ware, American lawyer and poet

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
~ John Wooden, college basketball coach



Adversity

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
~Horace

The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
~ Channing Pollock



Belief

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
~ J. F. Clarke

The strongest single factor in prosperity consciousness is self-esteem: believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it.
~ Jerry Gillies

These, then, are my last words to you: Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
~ William James

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt



Character

When a man becomes pure and perfect the influence of his character spreads so that they who seek truth are naturally drawn to him. It may be that if I lead the life I've planned for myself it may affect others; the effect may be no greater than the ripple caused by a stone thrown in a pond, but one ripple causes another, and that one a third; it's just possible that a few people will see that my way of life offers happiness and peace, and that they in their turn will teach what they have learnt to others.
~ W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge (Larry)

I am a big believer in the 'mirror test'. All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there, that you've done your best.
John McKay, NFL coach



Commitment

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
~ Vincent T. Lombardi



Confidence

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
~ Anonymous



Courage

Ships are safe in the harbor, but that's not what they're built for.
~ Anonymous

It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before...to test your limits...to break through barriers.
~ Anonymous

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses courage loses all.
~ Cervantes

Those who never take risks can only see other people's failures.
~ Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them.
~ Walt Disney

One man with courage is a majority.
~ Andrew Johnson

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
~ Eddie Rickenbacher

Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
~ Frederick Wilcox



Dedication

The truth is that when I'm writing, I write every day, workaholic dweeb or not. That includes Christmas, the Fourth, and my birthday.... For me, not working is the real work.
~ Stephen King



If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.
~ Zig Ziglar



Desire

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
~ Eric Butterworth

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
~ Napoleon Hill

Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power...
~ Walter Lippmann



Destiny

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.
~ Anonymous

Choice, not chance, determines destiny.
~ Anonymous



Determination

For the resolute and determined there is time and opportunity.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
~ Charles de Gaulle

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.
~ Tommy Lasorda, Major League Baseball manager



Dreams

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
~ Daniel H. Burnham



Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' I dream things that never were, and say, 'Why not?'
~ George Bernard Shaw



Education

Any person who is educated is one who has learned to get whatever he or she wants in life wihout violating the rights of others. Education consists not so much of knowledge, but of knowledge effectively and persistently APPLIED. People are paid not merely for what they know, but more particularly for WHAT THEY DO WITH THAT WHICH THEY KNOW.
~ Napoleon Hill

There's nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals into good. It can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones. It can lift men to angelship.
~ Mark Twain



Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is the propelling force necessary for climbing the ladder of success.
~ Anonymous

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.
~ Edward B. Butler, American scientist



Focus

The soaring eagle never worries about crossing rivers.
~ Anonymous

Concentration is the secret of strength.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Gratitude

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
~ G.K. Chesterton

It's important to really be focused into yourself and not draw comparisons with you and other people.
~ Jimmie Heuga



Habit

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
~ Vincent Lombardi



Improvement

When an archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull's-eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim -improve yourself.
~ Gilbert Arland

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
~ O.W. Holmes

We cannot direct the wind... But we can adjust the sails.
~ Anonymous



Individuality

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
~ Anonymous

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
~ St. Francis De Sales

What the superior man seeks is in himself: what the small man seeks is in others.
~ Francois La Rochefoucauld



Leadership

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Anonymous

Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.
~ Anonymous



Love

Love is never afraid of giving too much.
~ Anonymous



Mentor

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.
~ Chinese Proverb

Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.
~ Goldsmith



The Mind

If you've made up your mind you can do something, you're absolutely right.
~ Anonymous

Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
~ Anonymous

Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

He will never be a tough competitor. He doesn't know how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
~ Billy Fitzgerald, known as Coach Fitz

Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right.
~Henry Ford

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
~ Napoleon Hill

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an Idea whose time has come.
~ Victor Hugo

Little minds attain and are subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.
~ Washington Irving

Nothing can stop a man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal.
~ Thomas Jefferson

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it - as long as you really believe 100 percent.
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger



Miracles

Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.
~ Bob Richards, pole vaulter, two-time Olympic gold medalist



Obstacles

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
~ Anonymous

I always view problems as opportunities in work clothes.
~ Henry Kaiser

All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
~ Sheldon Kopp



Opportunity

Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities but to make them.
~ Colton

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.
~ on the wall of a Jimmy John's restaurant

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
~ Elmer Letterman

The harder you work the luckier you get.
~ Gary Player, PGA golfer

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
~ George Bernard Shaw



Persistance

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
~ Liane Cardes

Never, Never, Never Quit.
~ Winston Churchill

The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee.
~ H.E. Jansen

I've failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.
~ Michael Jordan

All things are difficult before they are easy.
~ John Norley



Perseverance

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it -- but all that had gone before.
~ Jacob Riis



Potential

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson



Reading

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
~ Mark Twain



Sacrifice

What is to give light must endure burning.
~ Viktor Frankl

I only wanted to suggest to you that self-sacrifice is a passion so overwhelming that beside it even lust and hunger are trifling. It whirls its victim to destruction in the highest affirmation of his personality. The object doesn't matter; it may be worth while or it may be worthless. No wine is so intoxicating, no love so shattering, no vice so compelling. When he sacrifices himself man for a moment is greater than God, for how can God, infinite and omnipotent, sacrifice himself? At best he can only sacrifice his only begotten son.
~ W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge

A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run a race to see who has the most GUTS.
~ Steve Prefontaine

If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.
~ Dick Vermeil, NFL coach

Pay now, put in the work now, or you'll have to pay later.
~ Denzel Washington



Standards

If better is possible, good is not enough.
~ Anonymous

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



Success

Act as though it were impossible to fail.
~ Anonymous

To succeed - do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.
~ Anonymous

Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
~ Anonymous

The road to success is paved with good intentions.
~ Anonymous

The first and most important step toward...success is the feeling that we can succeed.
~ Nelson Boswell

The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.
~ Howard Cosell, sports broadcaster

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
~ Bejamin Disraeli

To dream anything that you want to dream. That is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.
~ Bernard Edmonds, American writer

Success is a journey, not a destination.
~ Ben Sweetland

There is always room at the top.
~ Daniel Webster



Will

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
~ John Heywood

Always remember that your own resolution to succeed is more important than anything else.
~ Abraham Lincoln

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
~ Vincent T. Lombardi

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
~ Vince Lombardi, NFL coach

A will finds a way.
~ Orison Swett Marden

Friday, January 4, 2002

Baseball Quotes

I am going to start compiling my favorite baseball quotes, so you can check back to this page as I will update it every so often.



Risk

Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
~ Frederick Wilcox