Useful Quotes

QUOTES you may find useful

Just be you; everyone else is already taken. - Oscar Wilde

Don't think outside the box, think like there is no box - Anon

Good debt is debt that someone else pays for you.  Bad debt is debt you pay for. – Good DebtRobert KBad Debtiyosaki *

Nothing can take the place of perseverance.  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.  This slogan, press on, has solved, always will solve, all the problems. - Calvin Coolidge

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. -- Wayne Dyer

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. -- M. Scott Peck

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. -- Morrie Schwartz

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. -- Arthur Ashe

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. -- Nelson Mandela

Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. -- Cecil B. De Mille

No one knows your capabilities as well as you do. No one knows how big you can dream and no one knows how far you can go. You, like water, can seek and reach your own level. --Lynne Cox

How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it. -- Jim Valvano

Famous errors of judgment in history*

"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."- - Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

''The Bomb will never go off; I speak as an expert in explosives." - - Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." -- "Popular Mechanics" , forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."- - The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall 1957

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates, 1986.

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible" -- A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out" -- Decca
Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

"Heavier- than-air flying machines are impossible" -- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy"- - Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." - - Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value"- - Marshal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, France

"The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum of tubes required." -- Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University

"I don't know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn't be a feasible business by itself." -- Head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox.


There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."- - Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

An understanding heart in everything is a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling.  -- Carl Jung

Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quality and, hopefully, in value. -- Louis L'Amour

The best leaders are the best listeners

I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. -- Rachel Scott, age 17

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts. -- William Shakespeare

Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful: yourself. -- Alan Alda

The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things ... it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future. --Steve Forbes

 Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. --Victor Hugo

Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart. --Myla Kabat-Zinn

 The world is round so the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. --Ivy Baker

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are. --C.S. Lewis

 Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself. --Antoine de Saint-Exupery