Don’t open your mouth at your first board meeting.
Brian Joffe – South African company founder: Bidvest Group (b. 1947)
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To make your way in life you need 3 things:
A deep sense of inner purpose and the will to renew it.
A clear vision of where you want to get to and the energy to pursue it.
And courage. Courage to take steps which others might fear to take.
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The oldest, shortest words, “yes” and “no”, are those which require the most thoughts.
attributed to Pythagoras of Samos – Greek philosopher and mathematician (c. 570-501 B.C.), Quotations book 2017
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The big question about how people behave is whether they’ve got an Inner Scorecard or an Outer Scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an Inner Scorecard. I always pose it this way, I say: “Lookit. Would you rather be the world’s greatest lover, but have everyone think you’re the world’s worst lover? Or would you rather be the world’s worst lover but have everyone think you’re the world’s greatest lover?”
Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from “Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets” (2009), Quotations book 2015
The ordinary gives the world its existence, the extraordinary its value.
attributed to Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), Quotations book 2016
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The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Wisdom – Quotations book 2013
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Duty without Love creates annoyance.
Truth without Love creates addiction to criticism.
Education without Love creates contradiction.
Cleverness without Love turns cagey.
Responsibility without Love turns inconsiderate.
Justice without Love creates hardness.
Politeness without Love creates hypocrisy.
Order without Love creates pettiness.
Knowledge without Love turns obstinate.
Power without Love turns violent.
Honour without Love creates pride.
Possession without Love turns avaricious.
Believe without Love turns fanatic
attributed to Laozhi – chinese philosopher (ca 3rd-5th century BC)
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He invented the “Franklin” open stove. He discovered that lightning is an electrical discharge by experimenting with a kite during a thunderstorm. He founded the Philadelphia Library, the University of Pennsylvania, and the American Philosophical Society. An accomplished linguist, he helped his nation better its relations with the European powers when those relations were critical to its survival. He established the US Post Office on a profitable basis. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Rising from meager origins, Benjamin Franklin became one of the nation’s wealthiest businessmen, owning its most successful printing and publishing firms. “Poor Richard’s Almanac”, which he published for some 25 years under the pseudonym of Richard Saunders was one of the nation’s most popular publications in its time.
Poor Richard’s Almanac is the source of these observations:
1. Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
2. He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.
3. Learn of the skilful: He that teaches himself hath a fool for his master.
4. Fools need advice most, but wise men only are the better for it.
5. The learned Fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned; but still ’tis nonsense.
6. Hear reason, or she’ll make you feel her.
7. He that hath a trade, hath an estate.
8. Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep near shore.
9. If your riches are yours, why don’t you take them with you to the other world?
10. He that can have patience, can have what he will.
11. Great talkers, little doers.
12. Half wits talk much but say little.
13. If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.
14. ‘Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.
15. He that waits upon fortune is never sure of dinner.
16. A change of fortune hurts a wise man no more than a change of the moon.
17. Diligence is the mother of good luck.
18. There are lazy minds as well as lazy bodies.
19. No gains without pains.
20. Industry, perseverance, and frugality, make fortune yield.
21. All things are easy to industry, all things difficult to sloth
22. Nothing humbler than ambition, when it is about to climb.
23. Industry pays debts, despair increases them.
24. Well done is better than well said.
25. Great good-nature without prudence is a great misfortune.
26. Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.
27. Necessity never made a good bargain.
28. Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
29. Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.
30. Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
31. He that buys by the penny, maintains not only himself, but other people.
32. Drive thy business; let not that drive thee.
33. The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.
34. As pride increases, fortune declines.
35. Tricks and trechery are the practice of fools, that have not wit enough to be honest
36. Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits.
37. Promises may get thee friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.
38. Content makes poor men rich; Discontent makes rich men poor.
39. You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
40. The same man cannot be both Friend and Flatterer.
41. Those who are fear’d, are hated.
42. A true friend is the best possession.
43. Hear no ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy.
44. Pay what you owe, and you’ll know what’s your own.
45. At 20 years of age, the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.
46. If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.
47. They who have nothing to be troubled at, will be troubled at nothing
48. An undutiful daughter, will prove an unmanageable wife.
49. Eat to live; live not to eat.
50. To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
51. A good wife lost, is God’s gift lost.
52. There is no little enemy.
Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790), from “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (1733-1758)
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Wisdom frees from doubts,
morality frees from suffering,
determination frees from fear.
attributed to Confucius – Chinese philosopher and teacher (around 551-479 B.C.), from the “Lun Yu”, a collection of sayings attributed to Master Kong and his followers, first published in the 2nd century (book IX, chapter 28), Quotations book 2017
I’ve just been a machine for making money. I seem to have spent my life in a golden tunnel looking for the outlet which would lead to happiness. But the tunnel kept going on. After my death there will be nothing left.
attributed to Aristoteles Onassis – Greek reeder (1906-1975), known as one of the richest menin his time
Who am I? They often tell me I would step from my cell’s confinement calmly, cheerfully, firmly, like a squire from his country-house.
Who am I? They often tell me I would talk to my warden freely and friendly and clearly, as though it were mine to command.
Who am I? They also tell me I would bear the days of misfortune equably, smilingly, proudly, like one accustomed to win.
Am I then really all that which other men tell of, or am I only what I know of myself, restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage, struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat, yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds, thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness, trembling with anger at despotisms and petty humiliation, tossing in expectation of great events, powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance, weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making, faint and ready to say farewell to it all.
Who am I? This or the other? Am I one person today, and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others, and before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling? Or is something within me still like a beaten army, fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?
Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer – German Lutheran theologian (Confessing Church) and resistance fighter (1906-1945), from “Widerstand und Ergebung”
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Whatever you do, do wisely, and think of the consequences.
Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem!
from the”Gesta Romanorum” – late medieval collection of examples (14th Century)
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Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
John Eldredge – American christian counsellor and author (b. 1960)
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One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.
Dr. Forest E. Witcraft – American Scholar and boy scout(1894-1967), from “Within My Power” (1950), Quotations book 2003
Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.
Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.
Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.
It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.
And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.
I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – VICTORIOUS.
Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970), Quotations book 2018
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Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George Smith Patton – American general (1885-1945), Quotations book 2013
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The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.
Huius mundi ratio ad successum nos dominatumque propellit; Dei tamen mens ad humilitatem, ministerium atque amorem incitat.
Pope Francis – born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, since 2013 Holy Father (b. 1936), in a message on Twitter. 2nd June 2013, Quotations book 2018
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If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.
wisdom, often falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863;
the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield (Illinois) called his authorship most unlikely
It is precisely the ability to foresee both the needs of others and the combinations of productive factors most adapted to satisfying those needs that constitutes another important source of wealth in modern society.
Pope John Paul II – born Karol Wojtyla, 1978-2005 Holy Father (1920-2005), from “Centesimus Annus” (1991), Quotations book 2006
Carl Sandburg – American poet and historian (1878-1967), from “The People, Yes” (1936), was used by the Peace movement and changed into “Imagine, it is war and nobody goes there.” These words were falsely attributed to Bertolt Brecht..
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GOD, give us men! A time like this demands
strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
men whom the lust of office does not kill;
men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
men who possess opinions and a will;
men who have honor; men who will not lie;
men who can stand before a demagogue
and damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
in public duty, and in private thinking:
for while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
their large professions and their little deeds,
mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
wrong rules the land and waiting justice sleeps.
Josiah Gilbert Holland – American physician and novelist (1819-1881), written in 1872, Quotations book 2017
There is an old adage in investment lore that says, “Buy when blood is in the streets.” Actually, it is sometimes best to wait a while. An investor did not have to buy during the riots in the streets of Watts; a year later was time enough to catch the lowest prices and make a fortune.
James “Jim” Rogers – American star-investor (b. 1942)
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(Christ) tu me répétais: Vis le très peu de choses que tu as compris de l’Évangile!
Frère Roger – né comme Roger-Louis Schutz-Marsauche, fondateur de la “Communauté de Taizé” œcuménique (1915-2005), de la lettre “Vivre l’inespéré”, à l’ouverture du “Conseil de la Jeunesse” (30.8.1974)
Fader i Himlene! Hvad er dog et Menneske uden Dig!
Hvor er Alt hvad han veed, var det end det Mangfoldiges Mængde, kun et afbrudt Stykke, hvis han ikke kjender Dig;
er al hans Stræben, var den end omfattende en Verden, kun et halvgjort Arbeide, hvis han ikke kjender Dig, Du den Ene, som er Eet og som er Alt!
Saa give Du i Forstanden Viisdom til at fatte det Ene, i Hjertet Oprigtighed til at annamme Forstaaelsen, i Villien Reenhed ved kun at ville Eet;
saa give Du i gode Dage Vedholdenhed til at ville Eet, i Adspredelser Samling til at ville Eet, i Lidelser Taalmod til at ville Eet.
O, Du som giver baade at begynde og at fuldkomme, Du give aarle, naar Dagen gryer, den Unge Beslutningen at ville Eet;
naar Dagen helder give Du Oldingen en fornyet Ihukommelse af sin første Beslutning, at det Sidste maatte være som det Første, det Første som det Sidste, være Dens Liv, der kun har villet Eet.
Father in heaven, what is man without you!
What is all that he knows, vast accumulation though it be, but a chipped fragment if he does not know you!
What is all his striving, could it even encompass a world, but a half-finished work if he does not know you: you the One, who is one thing and who is all!
So may you give to the intellect, wisdom to comprehend that one thing; to the heart, sincerity to receive this understanding; to the will, purity that wills only one thing.
In prosperity may you grant perseverance to will one thing; amid distractions, collectedness to will one thing; in suffering, patience to will one thing.
O you who give both the beginning and the completion, may you early, at the dawn of day, give to the young person the resolution to will one thing.
As the day wanes, may you give to the old person a renewed remembrance of their first resolution, that the first may be like the last, the last like the first, in possession of a life that has willed only one thing.
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from “Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing”, in “Edifying Discourses in Diverse Spirits” (1847), Quotations book 2017