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December 14, 2011 / compassioninpolitics

The Best Success and Motivation Quotes

Achievement and Risk Quotes
“The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”
— Epictetus

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
— Chinese proverb

“The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.”
— Plutarch

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

Discipline, Dedication, and Devotion Quotes
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. ”
— Brian Tracy

“Never mistake activity for achievement. ”
— John Wooden

“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever ? the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it. ”
— Vince Lombardi

The human individual usually lives far within his limits.”
— William James

You don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.
— Zig Ziglar

“We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.”
— General Dwight David Eisenhower

Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.
— Zig Ziglar

“The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You’re willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what’s working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.”
— Anthony Robbins

“You keep customers by delivering on your promises,fulfilling your commitments and continually investing in the quality of your relationships.”
–Brian Tracy

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
— Frank Lloyd Wright

“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour?s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.”
— Vince Lombardi

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
—- Winston Churchill

“An essential part of true listening is the discipline of bracketing, the temporary giving up or setting aside of one’s own prejudices, frames of reference and desires so as to experience as far as possible the speaker’s world from the inside, step in inside his or her shoes. This unification of speaker and listener is actually and extension and enlargement of ourselves, and new knowledge is always gained from this. Moreover, since true listening involves bracketing, a setting aside of the self, it also temporarily involves a total acceptance of the other. Sensing this acceptance, the speaker will fell less and less vulnerable and more and more inclined to open up the inner recesses of his or her mind to the listener. As this happens, speaker and listener begin to appreciate each other more and more, and the duet dance of love is begun again.”
—- M. Scott Peck, MD

“To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only to the ‘music,’ but to the essence of the person speaking. You listen not only for what someone knows, but for what he or she is. Ears operate at the speed of sound, which is far slower than the speed of light the eyes take in. Generative listening is the art of developing deeper silences in yourself, so you can slow our mind’s hearing to your ears’ natural speed, and hear beneath the words to their meaning.”
—- Peter Senge

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
— Albert Einstein

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
—- Stephen R. Covey
7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.”
— Max De Pree

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
— Babe Ruth

“Courage is being scared to death—but saddling up anyway.”
— John Wayne

“The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
You Learn By Living (1960)

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
You Learn By Living (1960)

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
— General George S. Patton

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
— Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
— Albert Schweitzer

“Leadership is the activity of influencing people to cooperate toward some goal which they come to find desirable.”
— Ordway Tead

“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.”
— John Kotter

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
— John Quincy Adams

“Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.”
— Lee Iacocca

“Erroneous assumptions can be disastrous.”
— Peter Drucker

“The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions.”
— Peter Drucker
Men, Ideas & Politics

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”
— Viktor Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
— Steve Jobs

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
— Mark Twain

“All generalizations are false, including this one.”
— Mark Twain

These quotes borrowed from Leadership Now (link) and Success Quotes (link)

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