It’s not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness.

Edward G. Gardner – Amercian company founder: Soft Sheen Products Inc. (b. 1925), Quotations book 2015


The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

John Buchan – Scottish writer, publisher and politician, 1935-40 Governor General of Canada (1875-1940), from “Montrose and Leadership” (1930), Quotations book 2015

True independence

True independence – meaning the willingness to challenge a forceful CEO when something is wrong or foolish – is an enormously valuable trait in a director. It is also rare. The place to look for it is among high-grade people whose interests are in line with those of rank-and-file shareholders – and in line in a very big way.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2016

Moderately forward

Who drives the horse needlessly, must walk at the end.

Kazakh proverb


Do good to all, but leave everyone with his own responsibility.

Pope John XXIII – Born Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli, 1958-63 Holy Father, also called “Council pope” or because of his humility and populism “il Papa buono” – “the good Pope” (1881-1963), from a letter to his brother Severo (1949), Quotations book 2015


Change before you have to.

JJack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century


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

Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970), Quotations book 2016


The biggest risk is not taking any risk.

Mark Zuckerberg – American company founder: facebook (b. 1984)


Helgon äro de människor, som göra det lättare för andra att tro på Gud.

A saint is one who makes it easier for others to believe in God.

Nathan Söderblom – Swedish Lutheran theologian, 1914-31 Archbishop of Uppsala, Nobel Peace Prize 1930 (1866-1931), in “Den levande Guden: grundformer av personlig religion” (“The Living God”, 1932), Quotations book 2016

Revisendique dei

Non moeremus, quod talem amisimus; sed gratias agimus, quod habuimus, imo habeamus.
Deo enim vivunt omnia. Et quidquid revertitur ad Dominum, in familiae numero computatur.

Sophronius Eusebius Hieronymus – early Christian academic and theologian, one of the four Latin Doctors of Church (347-420), from “Ad Eustochium virginem, Epitaphium Paulae matris” (c. 400), Quotations book 2014


Car il suffit pour y voir clair de changer de perspective.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry –  écrivain, et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “La Citaelle” (1948), Brochure de citation 2014


I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than for any other under the sun.

John D. Rockefeller – American oil magnate, sundays school teacher at at his time richest man of the world (1839-1937), Quotations book 2015

Think until it hurts

As a young man, I was told by Lord Thomson of Fleet that you have to think until it hurts before making a decision.

Paul Desmarais Jr. – Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1954) [Lord (Kenneth) Thomson of Fleet: Canadian publisher (1923-2006)], Quotations book 2014

Estimating correct

I have made my money by observing that people in general exaggerated the importance of events.

David Ricardo – British investor and economist (1772-1823), Quotations book 2015


The customer still thinks on the quality of our products, when he has long forgotten the price.

Business slogan – Quotations book 2015


παρὰ τούτοις εἶναι μᾶλλον πρῶτος ἢ παρὰ Ῥωμαίοις δεύτερος.

Mallem hic primus esse quam Romae secundus.

I had rather be the first man here than the second man in Rome.

Plutarch – Greek writer (c. 45-125), in “Life of Caesar” (c. 96), Quotations book 2016


You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Indira Gandhi – Indian politician, 1966-77 and 1980-84 Prime Minister (1917-1984), Quotations book 2014


Progress is precisely that which the rules and regulations did not foresee.

Ludwig von Mises – Austrian economist (1881-1973), from “Bureaucracy” (1944), Quotations book 2015


Give people freedom and they’ll amaze you.

Frank Kohl-Boas – German lawyer, Human Resources Manager at Google (b. 1969), about his company’s philosophy on human resources, Quotations book 2015

Everything happens for the best

If a day has not been your friend, it has been your teacher.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2015


To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2016

Egna vägar

Man kommer aldrig först om man går i andras fotspår.

Swedish proverb – published in a collection by Gunnel (b. 1941) and Kjell Swärd (b. 1937), Quotations book 2015


The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years.

Dr. Edward J. Stieglitz – American gerontologist and author (1899-1958), from “The Second Forty Years” (1947)


The eight Levels of Tzedakah:

1.Highest Level: Supporting a man who has fallen into poverty by giving him a present or a loan, entering into partnership with him, or finding him work so that his hand will be fortified so that he will not have to ask others.

2. Giving to the poor without knowing to whom he gave and without the poor person knowing from whom he received.

3. Giving when the giver knows to whom he is giving, but the poor person does not know from whom he received.

4. Giving when the poor person knows from whom he took, but the donor does not know to whom he gave.

5. Giving in his hands before he asks.

6. Giving him after he asks.

7. Giving him less than what is appropriate, but with a pleasant countenance.

8. Giving him with sadness.

Moses Maimonides – Jewish philosopher, law scholar and physician, most influential Jewish scholar (c. 1135-1204), from the Mischne Tora, Hilchot Mat’not Ani’im,, Chapter 10, 7-14 [Tzedakah: jewish command of charity], Quotations book 2015

Stock market success

To make money in stocks you must have the vision to see them. The courage to buy them and the patience to hold them.

George Fisher Baker – American financier and philanthropist (1840-1931), quoted by Thomas Phelps (American stocks analyst, 1902-1992) in “100 to 1 in the Stock Market” (1972), Quotations book 2015


Les miracles arrivent à ceux qui y croient.

proverbe français

Advertise or die

Without advertising today I would be a millionaire (instead of billionaire).

attributed to John Paul Getty – American oil industrialist and art mecenate, at his time richest man of the world (1892-1976)

Wind of change

When the wind of change blows, some build walls, while others build windmills.

Chinese proverb – Quotations book 2015


Каждый думает изменить мир, но никто не думает изменить себя.

Everyone thinks of changing humanity, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo N. Tolstoy – Russian writer (1828-1910), from “Three Methods of Reform” in his collection “Pamphlets” (1900)


I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “Is Theology Poetry?” (1944), Quotations book 2015

Customer focus

Our culture emphasizes rapid innovation and prioritizes user engagement over short-term financial results.

from the prospectus of facebook, Inc. (2012)

World at peace

A world at prayer is a world at peace.

Al Scalpone – American author and scriptwriter (1913-2000), Quotations book 2015


A good leader inspires men to have confidence in him; a great leader inspires them to have confidence in themselves.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2015


A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes”.

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things: your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions. If everything else was lost and only the golf balls remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Play with your children. Take time to get a medical checkup. Take your spouse out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

symbolic story – Quotations book 2016


Treat conflicts always as a clash of ideas, not of people.

Prof. Robert Kegan – American developmental psychologist and author (b. 1946), Quotations book 2016


What is imaginable is also possible.

Ludwig Wittgenstein – Austro-British philosopher (1889-1951), from “Tractatus logico-philosophicus” (1912)


The key to the heart of people will never be our cleverness, but always our love.

attributed to Hermann von Bezzel – German Protestant theologian, 1891-1909 director of the deaconess institution Neuendettelsau (1861-1917), Quotations book 2016

Façonner l’avenir

Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, il ne s’agit pas de le prévoir, mais de le rendre possible.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “La Citadelle” (1948)


Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.

Douglas Malloch – American writer, known as “Lumberman’s poet” (1877-1938), from his poem “Good Timber” (1926), Quotations book 2015


All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney – American cartoonist and film producer (1901-1966), Quotations book 2015

Great company

Surround yourself with people smarter than you.

Slogan of George M. “The Boss” Steinbrenner III – American entrepreneur (1930-2010), known as owner of the New York Yankees, Quotations book 2014


If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.

Johan Cruyff – Dutch football player and coach (1947-2016)

Make changes

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Andy Warhol – American Artist (1928-1987), from “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol” (1975), Quotations book 2015

Time to sell

When good news about the market hits the front page of the New York Times, sell.

Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965), Quotations book 2015


Education is what remains, when the last Dollar is spent.

proverb, falsely attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), could not be verified by the Mark Twain library, Quotations book 2014

Trying and failing

Never feel shame for trying and failing, for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.

Og Mandino – born Augustine Mandino II, American writer (1923-1996), from “The Greatest Salesman in the World” (1968), Quotations book 2016


Ability will enable a man to get to the top, but it takes character to keep him there.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2015


It isn’t the number of people employed in a business that makes it successful it is the number working.

Wisdom from business life – Quotations book 2015


On ne découvre pas de terre nouvelle sans consentir à perdre de vue, d’abord et longtemps, tout rivage.

André Gide – écrivain français, prix Nobel de littérature 1947 (1869-1951), de “Les Faux-Monnayeurs” (1925), Brochure de citation 2014

Be wiser

Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2014


If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is in sight.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century

Removing costs

Removing unnecessary costs is a service to civilization.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2016


Money is like muck – not good except it be spread.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from the essay “Of Seditions and Troubles” (1625), Quotations book 2015


If you are asked to revise, it’s because your message is worth getting right.

Caitlin Muir – American social media manager (b. 1985)

Seeing possibilities

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.

John Sculley – American entrepreneur and investor (b. 1939), Quotations book 2014


The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.

Elbert Hubbard – American writer (“Message to Garcia”) and publisher (1856-1915), Quotations book 2014


No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)


I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.

Wayne Gretzky – Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1961), Quotations book 2016

Prayer for our house

God, our Heavenly Father, make, we pray, the door of this house, wide enough to welcome all who need human love and fellowship and a Father’s care, but narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and lack of love.
Here may the tempted find help, the sorrowing receive comfort, and the penitent be assured of your mercy; and here may all your children renew their strength and go on their way in hope and joy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Thomas Ken – English Anglican clergyman, 1685-91 Bishop of Bath & Wells (1637-1711), Quotations book 2014


Do you really like a particular stock? Put 10 percent or so of your portfolio on it. Make the idea count. … Good [investment] ideas should not be diversified away into meaningless oblivion.

William H. “Bill” Gross – American Fonds Manager and company founder (b. 1944), from “Everything You’ve Heard About Investing Is Wrong! How to Profit in the Coming Post-Bull Markets” (1997), Quotations book 2016


Tradition is not to preserve the ashes but to pass on the flame.



Property … is the only solution men have yet discovered to the problem of reconciling individual freedom with the absence of conflict. Law, liberty, and property are an inseparable trinity.

Friedrich August von Hayek – Austrian economist and social philosopher, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 1974 (1899-1992), from “Law, Legislation And Liberty”, Volume 1 (1973), Quotations book 2015


No animal but man ever laughs.

Aristoteles – Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), in “De partibus animalium” (4th century B.C.), Quotations book 2014


An educated consumer is our best consumer.

Sy Syms – American businessman and company founder: SYMS clothing store chain (1926-2009)


Instead of ceaselessly lamenting the loss of the old industries, we must simply face up the adventure to develop new ones.

John Naisbitt – American scientist in the area of futures studies, who popularized the term “globalization” (b. 1929)


Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.

Ronald W. Reagan – American politician, 1981-89 40th president (1911-2004), in an interview with the “Fortune” magazine (September 15th, 1986), Quotations book 2015


There are more people who surrender, than those who fail.

attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2015


Եօթ անգամ չափիր, մէկ անգամ կտրիր.

Masure twice and cut once.

Armenian proverb – Quotations book 2016

Intelligent investment

Investment is most intelligent, when it is most businesslike.

Benjamin Graham – born as Benjamin Großbaum, American investor and inventor of systematic stocks analysis (1894-1976), from “The Intelligent Investor” (1949), Quotations book 2015


Ricordate che felici rende solo il buon operar.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie biografiche di San Giovanni Bosco” (Benda 12, 1931)

Both hands

With only one Hand, you can’t tie a knot.

from Mongolia – Quotations book 2014


Success arises from the fact that you are focusing on what you really like and you are good at.

attributed to William H. “Bill” Gates – American Software entrepreneur, Microsoft (b. 1955), Quotations book 2014

Instrument de paix

Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix.
Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l’amour.
Là où il y a l’offense, que je mette le pardon.
Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l’union.
Là où il y a l’erreur, que je mette la vérité.
Là où il y a le doute, que je mette la foi.
Là où il y a le désespoir, que je mette l’espérance.
Là où il y a les ténèbres, que je mette votre lumière.
Là où il y a la tristesse, que je mette la joie.

père française pour la paix, d’abord publié dans le magazine “La Clochette” 1912, Brochure de citation 2016

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, harmony.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

French peace prayer-  first published in the magazine “La Clochette” 1912, Quotations book 2016

Be yourself

’Become free to be yourself’. Trying to copy others won’t help who you were meant to be. What’s wrong with being that genuine and capable person you really are? Everybody has something unique to contribute. Celebrate yourself and what you have to offer.

Dr. Howard Murad – American physician, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, founder of Murad Skincare and the worldwide Inclusive Health’ movement (b. 1939)


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.

Henry David Thoreau – American writer and philosopher (1817-1862), from “Walden” (1854), Quotations book 2015


We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.

Criswell (aka “The Amazing Criswell”) – born Jeron Criswell Konig, American Entertainer and spycic  (1907-1982), from the beginning speech of the science fiction movie “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1957)

Get ahead

Step by step you get ahead but not necessarily in fast spurts.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Be thankful for what

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep … you are richer than 75 % of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish some place … you are among the top 8 %  of the world’s wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness … you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation … you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death … you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married … you are very rare.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful … you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder … you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore … you are more blessed than 780 Million people in the world that cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.

Blessing – found on the Internet, Quotations book 2016

Watch children

Watching children grow up is a great delight. You see in them your own faults and your wife’s virtues, and that can be a very stabilizing influence.

Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004)

Good work

What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.

Walt Disney – American cartoonist and film producer (1901-1966), Quotations book 2015


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1869-1948), in “Young India” from August 11th, 1920, Quotations book 2013 and 2015

Family business

We do not inherit the family business from our parents, we borrow it from our children.

Slogan by Hermès International S.A., Paris – Quotations book 2015


What you cannot plan out, you have to try out.

Tom Peters – American author and consultant (b. 1942), Quotations boook 2015

Good speech

The key to a good speech is to have a brillant beginning, a brillant ending and keep them as close as possible.

Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004), Quotations book 2016

Business leaders

Business leaders are called to engage the contemporary economic and financial world in light of the principles of human dignity and the common good.

Among these principles, we recall the principle of meeting the needs of the world with goods which are truly good and which truly serve..

Peter K. A. Cardinal Turkson – Catholic theologian, 1992-2009 Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, since 2010 president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (b. 1948), from “Vocation of the Business Leaders. A reflection” (2012), Quotations book 2015

Facilitate rather than arbiter

Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.

Pope Francis – born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, since 2013 Holy Father (b. 1936), from the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”, N° 47 (2013), Quotations book 2015


Most Money will be made in the future – as has been in the past – by owning businesses and not by selling and buying them.

Benjamin Graham – born as Benjamin Großbaum, American investor and inventor of systematic stocks analysis (1894-1976), following “The Intelligent Investor” (1949), Quotations book 2015


Turn viewers to takers.

Slogan for motivation – Quotations book 2015


If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey – Jamaican politician and civil right activist, one of Jamaica’s national heroes (1887-1940), from “Philosophy and Options of Marcus Garvey: Or, Africa for the Africans” (1967)


Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.

Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1896-1948), from “Ahimsa or the way of Non-violence” (posthumously 1958 in “All men are brothers”), Quotations book 2014

Persuasion indstead of punishment

The great art lies to discern in what the law is to bid restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton – English poet and political theorist (1608-1674), from “Areopagitica” (1644), Quotations book 2015


Not all readers become leaders. But all leaders must be readers.

Harry S. Truman – American politician, 1945-52 33rd president (1884-1972), Quotations book 2014


La parole est moitié à celui qui parle, moitié à celui qui l’écoute.

Speaking is half his who speaks, and half his who hears.

Michel de Montaigne – French writer and philosopher (1533-1592), from “De l’expèrience”, published in the third volume of his essays (1595), Quotations book 2015


Patientia comes est sapientiae.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Augustine of Hippo – known as Aurelius Augustinus, early Christian theologian and philosopher, one of the four Latin Doctors of Church (354-430), from “De patientia” (c. 418), Quotations book 2014


Talk only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

The Bible, Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) – Quotations book 2015


Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
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.

Calvin Coolidge – American politician, 1923-1929 30th president (1872-1933), Quotations book 2015

Watchword 2015

Accept one another as Christ accepted us, to the glory of God.

The Bible, Romans 15:7 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2015

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Undying love

Noi siamo oggetti da parte di Dio di un amore intramontabile. Sappiamo: ha sempre gli occhi aperti su di noi, anche quando sembra ci sia notte. E’ papà; più ancora è madre. Non vuol farci del male; vuol farci solo del bene, a tutti.

We are the objects of undying love on the part of God. We know: he has always his eyes open on us, even when it seems to be dark. He is our father; even more he is our mother. He does not want to hurt us, He wants only to do good to us, to all of us.

Pope Johan Paul I – born Albino Luciani, 1978 Holy Father (1912-1978), in his Angelus on September 10th, 1978

Changing our thinking

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

following Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955)


We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.

William H. “Bill” Gates – American software entrepreneur, Microsoft (b. 1955), from “The Road Ahead” (1995), Quotations book 2015


There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.

Proverb, seen at Linda Grayson – American entrepreneur (Printwick Papers), often falsely attributed to Charles Dickens


You say: “I can’t figure things out.”
God says: “I will make straight your paths.”

You say: “I can’t forgive myself.”
God says: “I forgive you.”

You say: “I’m too tired.”
God says: “I will give you rest.”

You say: “Nobody really loves me.”
God says: “I love you.”

You say: “I can’t do it.”
God says: “You can do all things.”

You say: “It’s not worth it.”
God says: “It will be worth it.”

You say: “I feel all alone.”
God says: “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

You say: “It’s impossible.”
God says: “All things are possible.”

Motivational saying – Quotations book 2015


Nothing shapes our lives so much as the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never dream of asking.

Sam Keen – American philosopher (b. 1931), Quotations book 2015


Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more;
whine less, breathe more;
talk less, say more;
love more, and all good things will be yours.

Swedish proverb – Quotations book 2014


Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.

attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2015

Sow and reap

If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that. Just by lengthening the time horizon, you can engage in endeavors that you could never otherwise pursue. At Amazon we like things to work in five to seven years. We’re willing to plant seeds, let them grow—and we’re very stubborn. We say we’re stubborn on vision and flexible on details.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: (b. 1964), in a interview with Steven Levy for “Wired” (13.11.2011), Quotations book 2016


Nous réussissons aux entreprises qui exigent les qualités positives que nous possédons, mais nous excellons dans celles qui peuvent également se servir de nos défauts.

We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.

attribuée à Alexis de Tocqueville zugeschrieben – philosophe politique et homme politique, historien français (1805-1859), Brochure de citation 2015


Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.

Aldous Leonard Huxley – British writer (1894-1963), from “Proper Studies” (1927), Quotations book 2014

Committee decisions

Committees can criticize, but they cannot create. Search all the parks in all your cities. You’ll find no statues of committees.

David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999)

Prosperity and adversity

Prosperity does best discover vice, but adversity does best discover virtue.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from his Essay “Of Adversity” (1625)

Free enterprise

We believe that business is good because it creates value,
it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange,
it is noble because it can elevate our existence,
and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity.
Free-enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived.
It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had.

John Mackey – American Company founder: Whole Foods (b. 1953), Quotations book 2015

Honest and fair

In the long term, an honest and fair approach to doing business will always be the most profitable. And the business world holds such an approach in much higher esteem than is generally imagined.

Robert Bosch – German entrepreneur (1861-1942), from “Lebenserinnerungen” (1921), Quotations book 2014


There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do.

attributed to Plato – Greek philosopher (c. 428-348 B.C.), Quotations book 2015

Success by acting

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Thomas Alva Edison – American inventor (1847-1931), from “Thomas Alva Edison : Sixty Years of an Inventor’s Life” (1908), Quotations book 2014


Where charity reigns, happiness governs.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie biografiche di San Giovanni Bosco” (book 6, 1907)

Dove regna la carità regna la felicità.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie biografiche di San Giovanni Bosco” (Benda 6, 1907)

Winner and loser

The Winner is always part of the answer;
The Loser is always part of the problem.

The Winner always has a program;
The Loser always has an excuse.

The Winner says: “Let me do it for you”;
The Loser says: ” That is not my job.”

The Winner sees an answer for every problem;
The Loser sees a problem for every answer.

The Winner says: “It may be difficult but it is possible”;
The Loser says: “It may be possible but it is too difficult.”

slogan for motivation – Quotations book 2015


By wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established. By knowledge rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant wealth.

The Bible, Proverbs 24:3-4 (CEB) – Quotations book 2014


Talent, I believe, is most likely to be found among nonconformists, dissenters and rebels.

David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999), from “Confessions of an Advertising Man” (1971), Quotations book 2015


Build a well while you are strong, not while you are thirsty.


Chinese proverb – Quotations book 2016


Remember: You always get what you deserve.

Slogan from sports

Watchword 2014

But for me it is good to be near God.

The Bible, Psalm 73:28 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2014

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Voir Dieu

Qui veut voir Dieu vivant, face à face, doit le chercher, non dans le firmament désert de sa pensée, mais dans l’amour des hommes.

Romain Rolland – écrivain et pacifiste français, prix Nobel de littérature 1915 (1866-1944), de “Jean-Christophe: L’Adolescent” (1904), Brochure de citation 2014


A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

attributed to Charles M. Schwab – American industrialist and steel magnate (1862-1939), Quotations book 2015

Good Management

Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

Jim Low – former speaker of the National Association of Manufacturers, from his address speech “The Human in Public Relations” (1958), Quotations book 2016


It’s not the happy people who are thankful. It’s the thankful people who are happy.

Proverb – Quotations book 2015

Create new

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster Fuller – Americanr architect, visionary, designer and philosopher (1895-1983)


I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them.

attributed to Henry J. Kaiser – American entrepreneur, founder of several companies – now Kaiser Group International (1882-1967), Quotations book 2016


Most leading brokers cannot spare the time and money to research smaller stocks. You are therefore more likely to find a bargain in this relatively under-exploited area of the stock market.

James D. “Jim” Slater – British entrepreneur and investor (1929-2015), from “The Zulu Principle: Making Extraordinary Profits from Ordinary Shares” (1992)


Look in the eyes and not in the files.

Dr. h.c. Helmut O. Maucher – former CEO of Nestlè (1927-2018), Quotations book 2015