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  Character
John WoodenAbility can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

David Lloyd GeorgeThere is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

  
  Attitude
ConfuciusThe man who says he can, and the man who says he can not are both correct.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Thomas JeffersonTake things always by their smooth handle.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Zig ZiglarYour attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarYou can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lou HoltzIt's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

  
  Optimism
Harry TrumanA pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Zig ZiglarExpect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Eleanor RooseveltA stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

  
  Opinion
Steve JobsDon’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

  
  Beliefs
George W. BushIn the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

  
  Memory
Bob DylanIf you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

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  Forgetfulness
Will DurantForget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

  
  Appearance
Lord ChesterfieldAll your Greek will never advance you from secretary to envoy, or from envoy to ambassador; but your address, your manner, your air, if good, very probably may.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Lord ChesterfieldA pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

  
  Luck
Thomas JeffersonI find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

  
  Destiny
T. S. EliotWe must always take risks. That is our destiny.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Excitement
Isaac AsimovThe true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Zig ZiglarCreate a life you can't wait to live.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

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  Anxiety
Winston ChurchillLet our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Zig ZiglarWorry is the most significant factor that relates to the root of negative thinking.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Walt DisneyWhy worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

  
  Fear
Zig ZiglarF-E-A-R has two meanings: 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

  
  Value
Anton ChekhovEverything should be first-rate in a person, his face, clothes, soul and thoughts.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Vince LombardiThe measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

  
  Ability
Pablo PicassoHe can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Sun TzuHe who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

ConfuciusThe man who says he can, and the man who says he can not are both correct.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Bill GatesMost people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

George WashingtonWe must consult our means rather than our wishes.

—  George Washington, 1732-1799, the first American President

John WoodenAbility can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Henry FordWhether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

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Henry FordThere is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

John WoodenDo not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

  
  Talent
Frank TygerOne of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and to develop talent in others.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

  
  Firmness
Vladimir LeninYou must have your heart on fire and your brain on ice.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

Abraham LincolnAll through life, be sure and put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Jim RohnMaturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

  
  Genius
Thomas EdisonGenius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

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  Intelligence
Niccolò MachiavelliThe first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

  
  Skills
Jim RohnYou must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

  
  Understanding
ConfuciusI hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

  
  Courage
Winston ChurchillCourage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillThis is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never!

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Vince LombardiMental toughness is essential to success.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

John WoodenSuccess is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Walt DisneyCourage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

  
  Willpower
George Bernard ShawThe 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, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

John KennedyDon't pray for an easy life, pray to be a stronger man.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Vince LombardiThe 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, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiThe difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

  
  Positive thinking
Pablo PicassoHe can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Ralph Waldo EmersonWrite it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarWhen you focus on problems, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarRegardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lou HoltzVirtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

  
  Self-reliance
Steve JobsHave the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Eleanor RooseveltNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

  
  Confidence
Golda MeirTrust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.

—  Golda Meir, 1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister

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Wolfgang GoetheMagic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonSelf-trust is the first secret of success.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Dwight EisenhowerIn order to be a leader a man must have followers. And to have followers, a man must have their confidence.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

David Lloyd GeorgeSincerity is the surest road to confidence.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

  
  Boldness
Wolfgang GoetheWhatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Mark TwainTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

David Lloyd GeorgeDon't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

Eleanor RooseveltDo one thing every day that scares you.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Eleanor RooseveltWhat could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Walt DisneyIt's kind of fun to do the impossible.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Walt DisneyFirst, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

  
  Self-knowledge
George SantayanaTo be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

  
  Honesty
Harry TrumanAlways be sincere, even if you don't mean it.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

  
  Responsibility
John KennedyIf not us, who? If not now, when?

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Dwight EisenhowerLeadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

John WoodenYou are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

  
  Humility
Jim RohnHumility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

  
  Generosity
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

  
  Simplicity
Steve JobsThat’s been one of my mantras: focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

  
  Resilience
Winston ChurchillIf you’re going through hell, keep going.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

ConfuciusOur greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Bob MarleyYou never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Vince LombardiIt’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

  
  Excellence
Lao-TzuIf you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Jim RohnSuccess is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Vince LombardiIf you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiPerfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

John WoodenMake each day your masterpiece.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

  
  Greatness
Otto von BismarckA really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

VauvenarguesIn order to achieve great things, we must live as though we were never going to die.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Zig ZiglarYou don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

  
  Laziness
George BurnsDon't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Jim RohnEconomic disaster begins with a philosophy of doing less and wanting more.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

  
  Faults
Henry FordDon’t find fault, find a remedy.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

  
  Complacency
Thomas EdisonShow me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

  
  Stupidity
TalleyrandTo succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

  
  Weakness
Zig ZiglarTry to look at your weakness and convert it into your strength. That's success.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

  
  Incompetence
Benjamin FranklinHe that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

  
  Mediocrity
Zig ZiglarIf you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

  
  Reluctance
Benjamin DisraeliThe most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

David Lloyd GeorgeDon't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

  
  Difficult people
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Don't do business with anyone who has a history of suing people.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

  
  Indifference
Lou HoltzNever tell your problems to anyone...20% don't care and the other 80% are glad you have them.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

  
  Inaction
Harry TrumanImperfect action is better than perfect inaction.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThe sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Zig ZiglarYou don't drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lou HoltzIf what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

  
  Boring
Lou HoltzIf you're bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you don't have enough goals.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

  
  Belittling
Finn TaylorThere are two rules in life: Rule #1: Don't sweat the small stuff. Rule #2: Everything is small stuff.

—  Finn Taylor, 1958-, American film director

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  Cunning
William ShakespeareLook like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Macbeth

Niccolò MachiavelliOne must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Lord ChesterfieldWithout some dissimulation no business can be carried on at all.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

  
  Pride
Thomas JeffersonPride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

  
  Refusal
Jim RohnLearn how to say no. Don’t let your mouth overload your back.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

  
  Dislike
Dwight EisenhowerNever waste a minute thinking about people you don't like.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

  
  Criticism
Andy WarholDon't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Eleanor RooseveltDo what you feel in your heart to be right — for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

John WoodenYou can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

  
  Doubt
Benjamin DisraeliNever take anything for granted.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Karl KrausA weak man has doubts before a decision; a strong man has them afterwards.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

  
  Explanations
Benjamin FranklinHe that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Elbert HubbardNever explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

  
  Anger
Thomas JeffersonWhen angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

  
  Revenge
Lou HoltzYou'll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

  
  Running away
Winston ChurchillDanger: if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

  

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