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

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

  
  Freedom
Zig ZiglarEverybody says they want to be free. Take the train off the tracks and it’s free but it can’t go anywhere.

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

  
  Noncompliance
George Bernard ShawThe reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.In business or in life, don't follow the wagon tracks too closely.

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

  
  Crowds
Margaret ThatcherDon't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

  
  War & Peace
NapoleonIn a battle, as in a siege, the art consists in concentrating very heavy fire on a particular point.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Sun TzuThe supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

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

  
  Information
Benjamin DisraeliAs a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Peter DruckerThe purpose of information is not knowledge. It is being able to take the right action.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Bill GatesHow you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or lose.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

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

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

  
  Questions
Peter DruckerThe most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

  
  Truth & Lies
David Lloyd GeorgeSincerity is the surest road to confidence.

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

  
  Knowledge
Wolfgang GoetheKnowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

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

  
  Learning
Pablo PicassoI am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Mark TwainAnyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

George SantayanaThe wisest mind has something yet to learn.

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

Isaac AsimovSelf-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

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

Isaac AsimovPeople think of education as something they can finish.

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

Jim RohnFormal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

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

Dwight EisenhowerAlways try to associate yourself with and learn as much as you can from those who know more than you do, who do better than you, who see more clearly than you.

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

Steve JobsStay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

     (ending comment in the Stanford Commencement in 2005)

Henry FordAnyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

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

  
  Books
Jim RohnSuccessful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs.

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

Harry TrumanNot all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

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

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

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

  
  Logic & Reason
Zig ZiglarPeople don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.

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

  
  Thinking
Benjamin DisraeliNurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

William JamesThoughts become perception, perception becomes reality. Alter your thoughts, alter your reality.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

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

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

  
  Morality
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.

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

  

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