Use time

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

John F. Kennedy – American politician, 1961-63 35th president (1917-1963), in his speech at the National Association of Manufacturers in New York (December 6th, 1961), Quotations book 2019

Interview question

Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.

Peter A. Thiel – German-born American investor and company founder: PayPal (b. 1967), in a discussion with entrepreneur and LinkedIn’s co-founder Reid Hoffman (2012), Quotations book 2019

Everyone is edifying

I have rarely if ever found anyone out of whom I could not extract amusement or edification.

Sir Walter Scott – Scottish historical novelist, playwright, poet and historian (1771-1832), from his diary, published as “The Journal of Sir Walter Scott”, volume 1 (1890)

Generosity

Generosity is taking care of the others.

Jean-Pascal Bobst – Swiss mechanical engineer and manager (b. 1965), Quotations book 2019

Invent

Sometimes it’s good to have a screw loose, it gives your ideas more free play.

Prof. Dr. Achim Kampker – German engineer and company founder: StreetScooter GmbH (b. 1975)

Opportunities

Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They are attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity, you’re really looking for a person.

Reid G. Hoffman – American entrepreneur, co-founder LinkedIn (b. 1967), Quotations book 2019

War without people

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.

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..

Kindness

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.

wisdom, often attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), could not be verified by the Mark-Twain-collection at the University of Berkeley, first published without an author’s name in “The Ladie‘s Repository” (June 1861), Quotations book 2019

New start

It is madness to hate all roses because you got scratched with one thorn.
To give up on your dreams because one didn’t come true.
To give up on your effords because one has failed …
There will be always another opportunity, another friend, another love, a new force.
For every end there is always a new beginning.

Meditation in accordance with the novel “The Little Prince” (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French writer and aviator (1900-1944), Quotations book 2019

C’est une folie de haïr toutes les roses parce qu’une épine vous a piqué,
d’abandonner tous les rêves parce que l’un d’entre eux ne s’est pas réalisé,
de renoncer à toutes les tentatives parce qu’on a échoué …
Il y aura toujours une autre occasion, un autre ami, un autre amour, une force nouvelle.
Pour chaque fin il y a toujours un nouveau départ.

Méditation en référence au roman « Le Petit Prince » (1943) par Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain et aviateur français (1900-1944), Brochure de citation 2019

Input

The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.

Napoleon Hill – American writer, “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970), Quotations book 2019

Raise the bar

Competent investors will never be satisfied beating the averages by a few small percentage points.

Gerald M. Loeb – American investor (1899-1974), from “The Battle for Investment Survival” (1935), Quotations book 2019

Trainer

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

John Wooden – American basketball player and coach (1910-2010), Quotations book 2019

see more at CoachWooden.com

Change

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

John Henry Cardinal Newman – English Catholic Clergyman (1801-1890), from “An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine”, Chapter 1, Part 7 (1845), Quotations book 2019

Lucky

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.

Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc – American company founder, who was brave enough to switch from a milk shake-machine-agent to a fast food-entreprenaur at the age of 52: McDonald’s Corp. (1902-1984), quoted by Penny Moser in “The McDonald’s Mystique” (Fortune, 4.7.1988), Quotations book 2019

In steps

He who endeavours to ascend to the highest place, rises by degrees or steps, and not by leaps.

Qui summum locum ascendere nititur, gradibus vel passibus non autem saltibus elevatur.

Pope Gregory I – aka Gregory the Great, Roman theologian, , 590-604 Holy Father, one of the four Latin doctors of the Church(etwa 540-604), from his letter to Mellitus (Epistel XI, 56, 18.7.601), Quotations book 2019

Recepy to success

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell – American general and politician, 2001-05 Secretary of state (b. 1937)

Success

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

wisdom, often attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965)

Multiply abilities

It is precisely the organization that is the means to multiply the ability of the individuals.

Prof. Guido Stein – Professor of managing at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Madrid (b. 1964), in “Managing People and Organizations: Peter Drucker’s Legacy” (2010)

считывание

Отлично думается, читая.

Лев Николаевич Толстой – русский писатель (1828-1910), из своих дневников (1857), Котировочная книга 2019

Stop before it is loo late

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!

adage, often attributed to William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers – American humorist (1879-1935), could not be verified by the Will Rogers Memorial Museum & Birthplace Ranch

Realize ideas

Ideas are worthless until you get them out of your head to see what they can do.

Tanner Christensen – American product designer, author, artist and entrepreneur (“Creative Something”)

Well prepared

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

The better happens

If what we want does not happen, it will still happen what is better.

Si non fiet, quod volumus, fiet tamen, quod melius est.

Martin Luther – German reformer (1483-1546), from his letter to Philipp Melanchthon from the Coburg (12.11.1529), Quotations book 2019

Pleasure for praise

Lovers of praise will with pleasure undergo every labour and every danger for this.

τοὺς δ᾽ ἐπαίνου ἐραστὰς ἀνάγκη διὰ τοῦτο πάντα μὲν πόνον, πάντα δὲ κίνδυνον ἡδέως ὑποδύεσθαι.

Xenophon – Greek soldier, politician and historian (430-354 B.C.), student of Socrates, from a speech Held by Cyrus the Great in “Cyropaedia”, book 1, chapter V, section 12 (c. 370 B.C.)

Happiness

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.

Dale Carnegie – born Dale Carnagey, American author and personality coach (1888-1955), from “How to Win Friends and Influence People” (1936), Quotations book 2019

Upward

The heights by great men reached and kept
were not attained by sudden flight,
but they, while their companions slept,
were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – American poet (1807-1882), from “The Ladder of St. Augustine” (1858), Quotations book 2019

Visible

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.

Paul Klee – German painter (1879-1940), in “Creative Credo” (1920)

Christmas

Whenever two people forgive each other, it is Christmas.
Whenever you show understanding for your children, it is Christmas.
Whenever you help a person, it is Christmas.
Whenever someone decides to live honestly, it is Christmas.
Whenever a child is born, it is Christmas.
Whenever you try to give a new meaning to your life, it is Christmas.
Whenever when you look at each other, with the eyes of the heart, with a smile on your lips, it is Christmas.

Because love is born.
Because peace is born.
Because justice is born.
Because hope is born.
Because joy is born.
Because Christ, the Lord, is born.

from Brazil – Quotations book 2019

Cada vez que duas pessoas se perdoam, é Natal.
Cada vez que você mostra compreensão com as suas crianças, é Natal.
Cada vez que você ajuda uma pessoa, é Natal.
Cada vez que alguém decide viver honestamente, é Natal.
Cada vez que nasce uma criança, é Natal.
Cada vez que você procura dar um sentido novo à sua vida, é Natal.
Cada vez que você olhar alguém com os olhos do coração, com um sorriso nos lábios, é Natal.

Porque nasce o Amor.
Porque nasce a Paz.
Porque nasce a Justiça.
Porque nasce a Esperança.
Porque nasce a Alegria.
Porque nasce Cristo, Nosso Senhor.

do Brasil – Livro de cotações 2019

Ability and attitude

For success, attitude is as important as ability.

Sir Walter Scott – Scottish historical novelist, playwright, poet and historian (1771-1832), Quotations book 2019

Basis for success

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took an excuse.

Florence Nightingale – English nurse, founder of modern nursing (1820-1910), from a letter to Miss H. Bonham Carter (1861), Quotations book 2019

Solve problems

Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.

Tina Fey -American comedienne and actress (b. 1970), from her book “Bossypants” (2011)

Never give up

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.

Wilma Mankiller – American writer, First Woman Principal Chief of Cherokee Nation (1945-2010), Quotations book 2019

Start

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

saying

Brands

Brand managers no longer own ‘their brand’. Brands are owned by the people who love them.

Kevin J. Roberts – British consultant and coach, 1997-2014 CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi (b. 1949), Quotations book 2019

Goals

Don’t just aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.

Denzel Washington – American actor, director, producer and keynote speaker (b. 1954), in his commencement address at Dillard University (May 9th, 2015), Quotations book 2019

Leader

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

John C. Maxwell – American leadership expert, author and speaker (b. 1947), from “The Right to Lead: Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage” (2010)

Law of process

Leadership is developed daily, not in a day.

John C. Maxwell – American leadership expert, author and speaker (b. 1947)

Training

Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training.

Navy seal wisdom – Quotations book 2019

Attitude and skills

Hire for attitude, train for skills.

Herbert D. “Herb” Kelleher – American entrepreneur, co-founder of Southwest Airlines (b. 1931), Quotations book 2019

Success

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

proverb, often attributed to Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. – American tennis player (1943-1993)

Passion

Passion never fails.

wisdom – Quotations book 2019

Vivre l’Évangile

(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), Brochure de citation 2019

Taking away

The trick isn’t adding stuff, it’s taking away.

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

Explore. Dream. Discover

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Sarah Frances Brown – mother of the American writer H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (b. 1940), quoted in his book of aphorisms “P.S. I Love You” (1990)

Burn

Go forth and set the world on fire.

Ite, inflammate omnia.

Ignatius of Loyola – basque monk (1491-1556), founder of the Jesuit order, who often ended his letters to Jesuits going to the missions with this Expression, Quotations book 2019

Profit instead of volume

Volume is vanity, profit is sanity.

Wilhelm Zeller – German manager, 1996-2009 CEO at Hannover Rück (b. 1944)

I don’t give a shit

The opposite of beauty is not ugly. It’s ‘I don’t give a shit’.

Stefan Sagmeister – Austrian graphic desinger and typographer (b. 1962), at the “SCHØN” conference in the Augsburg house of prayer (June 2018)

Function

The main problem with functionalism is that it does not function.

Stefan Sagmeister – Austrian graphic desinger and typographer (b. 1962), at the “SCHØN” conference in the Augsburg house of prayer (June 2018)

Real friendship

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

attributed to Walter Winchell – American journalist (1897-1972), Quotations book 2019

Finished

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

attributed to Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790)

Change and growth

Change is constant, growth is optional.

Kim Butcher – American investor (b. 1958)

Candle

It is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.

William L. Watkinson – English Methodist preacher and writer (1838-1925), from his sermon “The Invincible Strategy” (1907), Quotations book 2019

Capacities

The capacities which are within a man are greater than he knows and the capacities with which God can endow a man are greater than he dreams.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English Baptist pastor (1834-1892), from his sermon N° 1690 “Chariots Of Iron” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington (September 28, 1882), Quotations book 2019

Unity, liberty, charity

In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.

Unitatem in necessariis, in non necessariis libertatem, in omnibus caritatem.

Marco Antonio de Dominis – born Marko Gospodnetić, Dalmatian Catholic theologian, philosopher and scientist, 1602-1616 Archbishop of Split, (1560-1624), from “De Republica Ecclesiastica”, part 1, book 4, chapter 8 (1617), Quotations book 2019

Extraordinary

The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things. No organization can depend on genius; the supply is always scarce and always unpredictable. It is the test of an organization to make ordinary people perform better than they seem capable of, to bring out whatever strength there is in its members, and to use each person’s strength to help all the other members perform.

Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), from “Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices” (1973), Quotations book 2019

Inspiration

Inspiration is contagious.

Ryan Boutin – Canadian entrepreneur and marketer, CEO Zeal Media Inc. (b. 1976)

Innovative Interaction

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.

Margaret Heffernan – American entrepreneur, author and speaker (b. 1955)

Businessculture

Culture eats strategy for lunch.

business wisdom, often attributed to Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), Quotations book 2019

Wisdom and knowledge

A wise man has great power. A man who has knowledge increases his strength.

The Bible, Proverbs 24:5 (NIRV) – Quotations book 2019

True or new

Men are willing to forego the old for the sake of the new. But commonly it is found in theology that that which is true is not new, and that which is new is not true.

Robert Shindler – American Baptist priest, close friend to preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon (c. 1824-1903), from his article “The Down Grade “, published in “Sword and the Trowel” (March 1887), Quotations book 2019

Valor da libertade

Educate your children, educate yourself, in the love for the freedom of others, for only in this way will your own freedom not be a gratuitous gift from fate. You will be aware of its worth and will have the courage to defend it.

Joaquim Aurélio Barreto Nabuco de Araújo – Brazilian politician, historian and journalist, co founder of the Academia Brasileira de Letras (1849-1910), from “Abolitionism: The Brazilian Antislavery Struggle” (1883), Quotations book 2019

Eduquem os seus filhos, eduquem-se a si mesmos, no amor da liberdade alheia, único meio de não ser a sua própria liberdade uma doação gratuita do Destino, e de adquirirem a consciência do que ela vale, e coragem para defendê-la.

Joaquim Aurélio Barreto Nabuco de Araújo – político, historiador e jornalista brasileiro, co-fundador da Academia Brasileira de Letras (1849-1910), de “O Abolicionismo” (1883), Livro de cotações 2019

Progress

Today progress happens so fast that when someone declares a problem to be completely impracticable and unsolvable in the next moment he is interrupted by someone else who has already solved and realized the Problem.

attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Success

Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.

attributed to H. Wayne Huizenga Sr. – American businessman and entrepreneur, founder of several companies e.g. Blockbuster Video (1937-2018)

Road to success

The road to success is always under construction.

proverb

Leader

A good leader has a moral integrity that survives both success and failure.

Sir Elton John – British singer, musician and composer (b. 1947), at the Worls Economic Forum in Davos (January 2018), Quotations book 2019

Passion

The first lesson I have learnt is the importance of finding, and following, a passion.

Sir Elton John – British singer, musician and composer (b. 1947), at the Worls Economic Forum in Davos (January 2018), Quotations book 2019

Loyalty

Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.

Simon O. Sinek – American author, speaker and optimist (b. 1973), from “Leaders Eat Last Deluxe: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t“ (2014), Quotations book 2019
see Startwithwhy.com

Savoir et voir

Il faut savoir et voir, et il faut voir et savoir.

Claude Lanzmann – réalisateur et documentaire français (1925-2018), d’après une interview dans “Cahiers du cinéma”, n ° 374, (juillet / août 1985)

All to the best

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry About?

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1963-1947), in an interview with Dale Carnegie (born Dale Carnagey, American author and personality Coach, 1888-1955), Quotations book 2019

Commandments of nonviolence

1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
2. Remember always that the nonviolent movement … seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory.
3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.
5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – American civil rights activist and pastor, Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (1929-1968), from a commitment card signed by volunteers at the Birmingham Protests (1963), Quotations book 2019

Listen instead of speaking

We have two ears, but one mouth so that we may hear more but speak less.

διὰ τοῦτο … δύο ὦτα ἔχομεν, στόμα δὲ ἕν, ἵνα πλείονα μὲν ἀκούωμεν, ἥττονα δὲ λέγωμεν.

Zeno of Citium – Greek philosopher (c. 333-c. 261 BC), from “Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers” (book seven, Zeno of Citium) by Diogenes Laërtius (Greek historian and doxographer, 3rd century)

Watchword 2019

Seek peace and pursue it.

The Bible, Psalms 34:15 (NIV) – Quotations book 2019

Fokus

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden – American basketball player and coach (1910-2010), Quotations book 2019

Minimum turnover

The produce of a field stands related to the amount of that mineral ingredient which its soil contains in smallest quantity.

Mineral Theory by Prof. Dr. Justus Freiherr von Liebig – German chemist and agricultural scientist (1803-1873), from “Principles of Agricultural Chemistry: With Special Reference to the Late Researches Made in England” (1855)

All is possible for GOD

No one can stop you.

The bible, Job 42:2 (NLT) – Quotations book 2019

Walk on mountains

The Lord and King gives me strength. … He helps me walk on the highest places.

The bible, Habakkuk 3:19 (NIRV)

Médiateur

Nous ne connaissons Dieu que par J.-C. Sans ce médiateur est ôtée toute communication avec Dieu.

Blaise Pascal – Mathématicien et philosophe français (1623-1662), a “Pensée Non. 221”

Fortune

Forming fortune is like a big tree giving shade.

Norman Rentrop – German publisher (b. 1957)

You need 3 things for your succes

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.

Ralph Coverdale – British psychologist, management consultant and trainer, founder of “The Coverdale Organisation” (1918-1975), Quotations book 2019

Strength

Do not pray for lighter burdens, pray for a stronger back!

attributed to Teresa of Àvila – spanish mystic and Catholic nun (1515-1582), Quotations book 2019

Count what counts

Count your garden by the flowers,
never by the leaves that fall;
Count your days by golden hours
don’t remember clouds at all!
Count the night by stars, not shadows
Count your life with smiles – not tears
And on every birthday morning,
count your age by friends – not years.

birthday poem, given to a lady’s 90th birthday in Richfield Springs, New York, published in “Ninetieth Birthday Celebrated at Monticello” (Richfield Mercury, 27.1.1927)

Scrutinize

The time to reflect on your investing methods is when you are most successful, not when you are making the most mistakes.

Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Silence

God’s native language is silence, the church fathers say. Silence is God’s voice, and that voice says, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” For silence is the space that God has made within his Being for us to be. This is love: to let the other be, to open a space within self for other. Silence is that space within God’s being where we are able to be. So, when we hear silence, we are listening to God tell us that he loves us enough to make room within himself for us.

Prof. Joseph McQueen – American linguist

Gratitude

Reconnaissance … est une vigilance de l’âme … contre les forces de dispersion intérieure.

Gabriel Marcel – philosophe français, représentant de l’existentialisme chrétien (1889-1973), de “Le déclin de la sagesse” (1954)

Gratitude … is a vigilance of the soul … against the inward forces of dispersal.

Gabriel Marcel – French philosopher, representative of Christian existentialism (1889-1973), from “The decline of wisdom” (1954)

Simple

The Three Wise Men found Bethlehem without GPS.
The Sheperds learned about the Good News without WhatsApp.
The Evangelists put it all down to writing.
It is so simple to share the Word.

Werner Tiki Küstenmacher – German pastor, author and caricaturist (b. 1953), Quotations book 2018

Счастье

Счастье не в том, чтобы делать всегда, что хочешь, а в том, чтобы всегда хотеть того, что делаешь.

Лев Николаевич Толстой – русский писатель (1828-1910), котировки выпуска 2018

False estimation

Most people ignore probabilities and exaggerate risk.

Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1933), from “A Zebra in Lion Country” (1999)

Be responsible, be involved, participate

No reward without responsibility,
no investment without involvement,
no profit without participation.

Dr. Michael Schluter – British economist, author, speaker and social entrepreneur (b. 1947), during his presentation at the European Economic Summit Declaration 2014

Act well

It is not enough to wish well, we must also act well.

Non enim satis est bene velle, sed etiam bene facere.

Ambrose of Milan – Roman politician and theologian, one of the four Latin doctors of the Church, 374-397 Bishop of Milan (c. 339-397), from “De officiis ministrorum” (On the Duties of the Clergy), Chapter 30, 143. (388/9), Quotations book 2018

Credo

I believe in what I do, and I do what I believe in.

Peter E. Mück – German writer and graphic artist (b. 1946)

Do

If you will do what you can do, God will do what you cannot do.

Joyce Meyer – American Evangelist (b. 1943), from “The Confident Woman: Start Living Boldly and Without Fear” (2006), Quotations book 2018

Open-minded

Minds are like parachutes – they function only when they are open.

wisdom, often attributed to Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar – Scottish entrepreneur and Whisky destiller (1864-1930), Quotations book 2018

Travel

Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one’s prejudices.

Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from his fairytale “The Remarkable Rocket”, published in “Der The Happy Prince and Other Stories” (1888), Quotations book 2018

Understanding

Never delegate understanding.

Eames Demetrios – American artist and photographer (b. 1962), from “An Eames Primer” (2001), a book about his grandparents, the designer couple Charles and Ray Eames, Quotations book 2019

Sacred or secular

It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.

Aiden Wilson Tozer – American evangelical pastor and author (1897-1963), from “The Pursuit of God”, chapter 10 (1948)

Brand

Any damn fool can put on a deal, but it takes genius, faith and perseverance to create a brand.

David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999), from “The Unpublished David Ogilvy” (1988), Quotations book 2018

Target

One of the most pleasant experiences in our life is to serve as a target, but without being hit.

proverb, often attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), Quotations book 2018

News

News are the first rough draft of history.

proverb from journalism

Future

There is a future for the man of peace.

The bible, Psalm 37:37 (ESV) – Quotations book 2019

Key to success

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

often attributed to Albert Schweitzer – German-born French missionary and doctor, Nobel Peace Prize 1952 (1875-1965), could not be verified by the Albert Schweitzer Centre, Quotations book 2018

Reading strenghtens

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.

Joseph Addison – British politician and writer (1672-1719), in “The Tatler”, N° 147 (1709), Quotations book 2018

Från det gamla till det som kommer

To move from the old to what is about to come is the only tradition worth keeping.

Marcus “Dodde” Wallenberg – Swedish banker: SEB-Bank (1899-1982), in a letter to his brother Jacob (1946), Quotations book 2018

Att skifta från det gamla till det som kommer är den enda tradition värd att vårda.

Marcus “Dodde” Wallenberg – svensk bankman: Stockholms Enskilda Bank (1899-1982), i ett brev till sin bror Jacob (1946), Citatbok 2018

Time

Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because they’ll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived. After all – we’re only mortal.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard – captain of the USS-Enterprise, character in the “Star Trek” films and serial, from “Star Trek Generations” (1994)

Expensive habit

The seven most expensive words in any business are: “We have always done it that way!”

Catherine DeVrye – Australian motivational speaker and entrepreneur: Greatmotivation, Quotations book 2019

Go where the action is

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.

John le Carré – born David John Moore Cornwell, British author (b. 1931), Quotations book 2018

Check

I check every offer. It could be the offer of my life.

attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2018

Build people

You don’t build a business – you build people – and then people build your business.

Zig Ziglar – American author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (1926-2012), Quotations book 2018

Rowing

He who waits gets a tailwind, and he who rows, a harbour.

Hann fær byr, ið bíðar, og havn, ið rør.

Faroese proverb – Quotations book 2018

New address

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.

Billy Graham – born William Franklin Graham jr., American evangelist (1918-2018), from “Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador” (1999), Quotations book 2018

Learning from the world

What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.

attributed to Joseph Tussman – American philosopher and educator (1914-2005)

Leisure

The art of relaxing is part of the art of working.

attributed to John Ernst Steinbeck – American writer, Nobel Prize in Literature 1962 (1902-1968), Quotations book 2018

Dreams and actions

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions speak louder than your words.

wisdom – Quotations book 2019

Reading as key

Someone who understands how to read, possesses the key to great deeds, to undreamed possibilities.

attributed to Aldous Leonard Huxley – British writer (1894-1963)

Limits of wishful thinking

Wishful thinking can dominate much of the work of a profession for a decade, but not indefinitely.

Prof. Robert J. Shiller – American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 2013 (b. 1946), in “From Efficient Market Theory to Behavioral Finance” (2002)

Security

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller – American deaf-blind writer (1880-1968), from “The Open Door” (1957), Quotations book 2018

Want or excuse

If you really want something you will find a way.
If you don’t you will find an excuse.

Arabic proverb – Quotations book 2018

Love

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

attributed to Jimi Hendrix – born James Marshall Hendrix, American guitarrist, composer and singer (1942-1970), Quotations book 2018

Position

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King jr. – American civil rights activist and pastor, Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (1929-1968), in his essay “On Being a Good Neighbor” (1963), Quotations book 2018

Best executive

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

Thaddeaus Hammond – American banker and former farmer, president of the Farmers’ National Bank and the Rotary Club Overton, from J. R. Sprague’s “Big Business-itis”, in “The Rotarian” N° 27 (3. September 1925)

Stay ahead

To stay ahead, always have your next idea waiting in the wings.

Prof. Rosabeth Moss Kanter – American sociologist at Harvard Business School (b.1943)

Time management

The people who acknowledge that they have a limited amount of time and live with a sense of urgency have the best chances of living to their full potential.

Dr. W. Stanley Beecham – American psychologist, author and business consultant (b. 1961), from “Elite Minds: How Winners Think Differently to Create a Competitive Edge and Maximize Success“ (2016)

The right man at the right time

If you accept my thesis that many aging tech companies resemble the Walking Dead, you should also accept the follow-up proposition that what these companies need are not “visionary” CEOs but pragmatic ones, less Steve the visionary, and more Larry the Liquidator, a person with limited ambitions and a readiness to preside over the dismantling of an enterprise.

Prof. Aswath Damodaran – Indian-American accountant, manager and financial educator at New York University (b. 1957), in hi blog “The Yahoo! Chronicles! Is this the End Game?” (7.12.2015)

Building companies

The builders of visionary companies tend to be clock builders, not time tellers. They concentrate primarily on building an organization – building a ticking clock – rather than on hitting a market just right with a visionary product idea.

James C. “Jim” Collins – American business consultant, author and academic (b. 1958), in “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” (2002), Quotations book 2018

Act

Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to the shareholders (2001), Quotations book 2018

Cookery or medicine

Cookery simulates the disguise of medicine, and pretends to know what food is the best for the body; and if the physician and the cook had to enter into a competition in which children were the judges, or men who had no more sense than children, as to which of them best understands the goodness or badness of food, the physician would be starved to death.

Medicinam igitur coquinaria subiens simulat optimos se cibos corpori nosse, ita ut, si inter pueros vel viros æque ac pueri insipientes contendere oporteret coquum atque medicum, uter eorum de bonis malisve cibis intelligat, medicus fame periret.

Plato – Greek philosopher (ca. 428-348 BC), from his dialogue “Gorgias” (c. between 393 and 388 BC)

The three sieves

Someone came to the wise Socrates and said: “Listen Socrates, I have to tell you something!”
“Hold on!”, the wise man stopped him. “Did you put through the three sieves what you want to tell me?”
“Three sieves?”, the other one asked in amazement.
“Yes, my friend! Let’s try if this, you want to tell me, passes through the three sieves: The first sieve is the one of truth. Did you examine whether what you were about to tell me was true?”
“Well, no, not really. I just overheard the Story …”
“Ah! Well, then you must have used the second sieve, the sieve of good? Is it something good that you are about to tell me?”
The other man said hesitantly: “Hm, no … on the contrary …”
“Hm …”, the wise man interrupted him. “Let us use the third sieve then, the sieve of necessity. Is it absolutely necessary for you to tell me what you are so exited about?”
“No, not really necessary …”
“Well”, Socrates said with a smile. “If the story you are about to tell me isn’t true, good, or necessary, just forget it and don’t bother me with it anymore.”

anecdote about Socrates – Greek philosopher (469-399 B.C), some sources cite Plato (Greek philosopher, c. 428-348 v. Chr.) or “the young Polimus” as other Person, Quotations book 2018

Grow

As long as you’re green you’re growing, as soon as you’re ripe you start to rot.

Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc – American company founder, who was brave enough to switch from a milk shake-machine-agent to a fast food-entreprenaur at the age of 52: McDonald’s Corp. (1902-1984), from “Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald’s” (1977), Quotations book 2018

Act intelligent

Our job is to find a few intelligent things to do, not to keep up with every damn thing in the world.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2018

Accept decisions

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.

wisdom, often 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 unlikely, Quotations book 2019

Measuring public opinions

The most reliable indication of public purpose in this country is derived through our popular elections.

Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863, from his annual Message to Congress, 6 December 1864

Elections in times of a rebellion

The present rebellion brought our republic to a severe test; and a presidential election occurring in regular course during the rebellion added not a little to the strain. If the loyal people, united, were put to the utmost of their strength by the rebellion, must they not fail when divided, and partially paralyzed, by a political war among themselves? But the election was a necessity. We can not have free government without elections.

Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863, speech as Response to a serenade after his re-election, 10th November 1864

Cohesion

When an election is passed, it is altogether befitting a free people, that until the next election, they should be as one people.

Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863, to New York Governor E. D. Morgan and his delegation in Albany, New York, 18th February 1861

Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

wisdom, often attributed to Leonardo da Vinci – Italian polymath (1452 – 1519), Quotations book 2018

Knowledge is power

For Knowledge itself is power.

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from “De Haeresibus” (“Of Heresies”) in “Meditationes sacrae” (1597)

Trust

The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.

Summa quae intercedit inter homines fides, et illa consilium impertiendi.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from his essay “De Consilio” (“Of Counsils”) in “Essayes: Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed” (1625), Quotations book 2018

Storytelling

People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.

Simon O. Sinek – American author, speaker and optimist (b. 1973), from “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action“ (2009), Quotations book 2018
see Startwithwhy.com

Big step

Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

wisdom, attributed to David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor – British Liberal politician, 1916-22 Prime Minister (1863-1945), Quotations book 2018

Integrity

When you fine-tune your integrity, there is an exceptional reward.

Prof. Dr. Srinivasan Pillay – South African-born American psychiatrist

Perseverance.

Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness, but perseverance all can have.

Woodrow Wilson – American politician, 1913-21 28th president, Nobel Peace prize 1919 (1856-1924), from his shorthand diary of 1876

Time

Time is the enemy of the poor business and the friend of the great business. If you have a business that’s earning 20 % – 25 % on equity, time is your friend. But time is your enemy if your money is in a low return business.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), at the 1998 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Quotations book 2018

Sell eqipment instead of digging for gold

Since the Industrial Revolution began, going downstream – investing in businesses that will benefit from new technology rather than investing in the technology companies themselves – has often been the smarter strategy.

Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1933), Quotations book 2019

Making wonders from weaknesses

Morning by morning, day by day, Ghele went to the river, to fill his two pots and walked to the town to distribute the water to his clients. Ghele was a waterseller.

“It could not take long, until Ghele discards me”, said the one pot sad. Because he was cracked and leaking water permanently. The other pot was new and earned more money.

One morning the poor damaged pot felt very inferior and decided to speak to Ghele: “When we arrive in town, I am half-empty. You are losing money because of me. Please forgive me.”

“Look at the path by the side of the road”, Ghele replied. Carefully the cracked pot sneaked a peek. “Oh, it’s beautiful. Many small flowers”, he said in awe.

“That is all thanks to you!” The cracked pot looked blank until Ghele went on: “I bought flower seeds and sowed them along the way. And, without realizing it, you’ve been watering them every day. Never forget that we are all a little damaged. But if we ask him for it, God can do wonders with our limitations.”

traditional allegory

Re-create yourself

The difference between great and average or lousy in any job is, mostly, having the imagination and zeal to re-create yourself daily.

Tom Peters – American author and consultant (b. 1942), from “The Pursuit of Wow! – Every Person’s Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times” (2010), Quotations book 2018
see tompeters.com

Selling

I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard.

Estée Lauder – born Josephine Esther Mentzer, American Company founder (1906-2004), in the documentary “Estée Lauder: The Sweet Smell of Success” (1985), Quotations book 2018

Imagination

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

wisdom – Quotations book 2018

Come further

What got me here won’t get me where I want to go.

motivation from business

Study and action

Action without study is fatal.
Study without action is futile.

Axiom of the League of Women Voters’ of the United States, quoted in “The National Voter” (Supplement to the October 1967 issue), Quotations book 2019

Goals and dreams

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

wisdom

Bon livre

A good book is a good friend.

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre – French writer (1737-1814), from „Paul and Virginie“ (1788), Quotations book 2018

Un bon livre est un bon ami.

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre – écrivain français (1737-1814), de „Paul et Virginie“ (1788), Brochure de citation 2018

Psychology

Platforms change – psychology doesn’t.

Michael Fishman – American marketing expert and business consultant (b. 1960), Quotations book 2018

Courage instaed of conformity

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.

Rollo May – American existential psychologist (1909-1994), alongside Viktor Frankl, was a major proponent of existential psychotherapy, following a passage from “Man’s Search for himself” (1953), Quotations book 2018

Greatness

If you always hire people who are smaller than you are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. If, on the other hand, you always hire people who are bigger than you are, we shall become a company of giants.

David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999), Quotations books 2002 + 2018

Staff selection

Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it.

David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999), Quotations book 2018

Try, try, try

Failure and invention are inseparable twins.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in his letter to the shareholders (2016), Quotations book 2018

Customer-focus

If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), from an U.S.-News-interview with David LaGesse (2008), Quotations book 2018

Homerun

If you’re looking for a home run – a great investment for five years or ten years or more – then the only way to beat this enormous fog that covers the future is to identify a long-term trend that will give a particular business some sort of edge.

Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1933), Quotations book 2019

Patience

I will put out the fire of anger with the water of patience.

ཁོང་ཁྲོའི་མེ་ལ་བཟོད་པའི་ཆུས་བྲན་པ

Tibetan proverb

Peace

Only when you have made peace within yourself will you be able to make peace in the world.

Simcha Bunim Bonhart of Peshischa – Polish Hassidic rabbi (1765-1827), Quotations book 2018

Leadership

Leadership is discovering the company’s destiny and having the courage to follow it … companies that endure have a noble purpose.

Joseph “Joe” Jaworski – American lawyer and business advisor, American Leadership Forum (b. 1934), Quotations book 2018

Free Press

The free press is a cornerstone of democracy.
People have a need to know.
Journalists have a right to tell.
Finding the facts can be difficult.
Reporting the story can be dangerous.
Freedom includes the right to be outrageous.
Responsibility includes the duty to be fair.
News is history in the making.
Journalists provide the first draft of history.
A free press, at its best, reveals the truth.

slogan at the Newseum in Washington D.C. – Quotations book 2018

Work

Work is love made visible.

Khalil Gibran – Lebanese Maronite poet, philosopher and artist, aka Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), from “The Prophet (1923), Quotations book 2018

What it takes to be Number One

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

True treasure

It was not till we were as poor as a church mouse and up to our neck in water, that we began to think again of the true treasure of the church – the Gospel – and to distribute this treasure to all.

John T. Finney – English Anglican theologian, 1993-98 Bishop of Pontefract (b. 1932), Quotations book 2018

Kiss many frogs to find a prince

I’d rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), Quotations book 2018

Fondation solide

Trees with deep roots grow tall.

Frédéric Mistral – French writer and lexicographer of the Occitan language, Nobel Prize in literature 1904 (1830-1914), from his poem “La Brassado” in “Lis isclo d’or” (1875), Quotations book 2018

Les arbres aux racines profondes sont ceux qui montent haut.

Lis aubre que van founs soun li que mounton aut.

Frédéric Mistral – écrivain et lexicographe français de langue d’oc provençale, prix Nobel de littérature en 1904 (1830-1914), de poème “La Brassado” à “Lis isclo d’or” (1875), Brochure de citation 2018

Scepticism or pessimism

Scepticism and pessimism aren’t synonymous. Scepticism calls for pessimism when optimism is excessive. But it also calls for optimism when pessimism is excessive.

Howard S. Marks – American investor and company founder (b. 1946), from “The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor” (2012), Quotations book 2018

Bear risks

It’s the investor’s job to intelligently bear risk for profit. Doing it well is what separates the best from the rest.

Howard S. Marks – American investor and company founder (b. 1946), from “The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor” (2012), Quotations book 2018

What God tells us

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

Watchword 2018

God says: To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

The bible, Revelation 21:6 (NIV) – Quotations book 2018

Act and think

Act like a man of thought and think like a man of action.

Henri Bergson – French philosopher, Nobel Prize in literature 1927 (1859-1941), from his speech at the Descartes Conference in Paris (1937)

Il faut agir en homme de pensée et penser en homme d’action.

Henri Bergson – philosophe français, prix Nobel de littérature 1927 (1859-1941), de son discours à la Conférence Descartes à Paris (1937)

Come further

One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them.

M. Scott Peck – American psychiatrist, psychotherapist and writer (1936-2005), from “The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth ” (1978), Quotations book 2018

Limits of the possible

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke – American writer and inverntor (1917-2008), from his essay “Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination” in “Profiles of the Future” (1962), Quotations book 2018

Opportunity

Every moment in life, every opportunity is a choice to innovate and have an impact.

Dr. Frances A. Colón – Puerto Rican neuroscientist and political adviser

Expert

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.

Niels Bohr – Danish physician, Nobel Prize in physics 1922 (1885-1962), in a conversation with the German physicists and Nobel Prize laureates of 1932 and 1945, Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) and Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958), at the edge of a physics session in Copenhagen (1952)

En ekspert er en person, som har begået alle de fejl, som det er muligt at begå inden for et begrænset område.

Niels Bohr – danske fysiker, Nobelprisen i fysik 1922 (1885-1962), i et interview med den tyske fysikere og nobelpristagere fra 1932 og 1945, Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) og Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) på randen af fysikere mødes i København (1952)

Better decisions

The most important investment judgements at most big institutions and for most large portfolios are made by committees, but few realize the negative dynamics of group interaction.
I think that, in most instances, groups of intelligent people have so many inherent liabilities that a lone individual has a far better chance of making good decisions.
The collective intelligence of the group is surely less than the sum of its parts, and the more people on a committee, the less chance it has to be wise and crisp in its decision making.

Barton M. Biggs – American investment strategist (1932-2012), from “Hedgehogging” (2006), Quotations book 2019

Invested

When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.

Simon O. Sinek – American author, speaker and optimist (b. 1973), in a Twitter message from May 22nd, 2012, Quotations book 2018
see Startwithwhy.com

Confidence

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – American poet (1807-1882), from “Kavanagh” (1849), Quotations book 2019

Goal

When we find a purpose that is bigger than ourselves, we become more powerful in our ability to create.

Jack Delosa – Australian author and investor, founder and CEO of The Entourage (b. 1987), Quotations book 2018

Critics

Criticism is the fertilizer of learning.

attributed to Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2018

Difficult

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.

attributed to Pelé – born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Brazilian football player (b. 1940), Quotations book 2018

Giving back

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955), from his essay “The Worls As I See It”, published in “Forum and Century” N° 84 (1931)

Perceptions

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

L.-P. Jacks – British pastor and university professor (1860-1955), Quotations book 2004

Begin

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

attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832)

Thinking instead of judging

Thinking is difficult, therefore let the herd pronounce judgment.

Dr. Carl Gustav Jung – Swiss psychologist (1875-1961), from „Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky“ (1959), Quotations book 2017

Invert

Invert, always invert.

Maxim of Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi – born Jacques Simon, German methematician, founder of the mathematical and physical seminar in Königsberg (1804-1851)

Sense of Christmas

The most precious gift that we can give to someone is the time we take to spend with them.
If we appreciate this, we have understood the meaning of Christmas.

Roswitha Bloch – German lyricist, aphorist and lecturer (b. 1957), Quotations book 2017

Acto con amor

The Lord does not look so much to the grandeur of our works as to the love with which they are done.

Teresa of Àvila – spanish mystic and Catholic nun (1515-1582), from “Interior Castle” (1588), Quotations book 2017

El Señor no mira tanto la grandeza de las obras como el amor con que se hacen.

Teresa de Ávila – mística y doctor de la Iglesia española (1515-1582), a patir de “Moradas del Castillo Interior” (1588), Libro de citas 2017

Longing as motivation

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to gather wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French writer and aviator (1900-1944), following an excerpt of chapter 75 from “Citadelle” (1948), Quotations book 2018

Friend – Ships

There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.

Irish saying – Quotations book 2018

Christo

The modern clergy believe they can bring man closer to Christ by insisting on Christ’s humanity.
Thus forgetting that we do not trust in Christ because He is man, but because He is God.

Nicolás Gómez Dávila – Colombian philosopher (1913-1994), from “Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección”, p. 472 (1977), Quotations book 2017

El clero moderno cree poder acercar mejor el hombre a Cristo, insistiendo sobre la humanidad de Jesús.
Olvidando así que no confiamos en Cristo porque es hombre, sino porque es Dios.

Nicolás Gómez Dávila – filósofo columbiano (1913-1994), de “Escolios a un texto implícito” (1977), Libro de citas 2017

Seeing the world

You don’t see the world as it is, you see the world as you are.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2017

Go ahead and do it

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

Grace B. M. Hopper – American compoter pioneer, member of the US Navy (1906-1992), Quotations book 2017

Perseverance

It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

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

Brilliance

Brilliance is the ability to simplify a mass amount of information into a simple yes/no decision.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2017

Humility instead of arrogance

Wealth is not the problem, but the arrogance that often accompanies it
and conversely, poverty is not a blessing, but the humility which often accompanies it is.

following Johan Chrysostom – born Johan of Antioch, Greek Doctor of Church, 398-407 Archbishof of Constantinopel (344 or 349-407), Quotations book 2017

The right perspective

The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
The realist adjusts the sails.

American proverb – Quotations book 2017

Progress starts in Little steps

All mankind’s progress has been achieved as a result of the initiative of a small minority that began to deviate from the ideas and customs of the majority until their example finally moved the others to accept the innovation themselves.

Ludwig von Mises – Austrian economist (1881-1973), in “Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition” (1927), Quotations book 2017

Education

Education is important, especially when it comes to dismantling prejudices. You can’t help being a prisoner within your own mind, but the least you can do is ensure that the cell is decently furnished.

Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004), Quotations book 2017

Realize

It’s hardest to see what’s wrong about what seems normal.

Jane S. Fonda – American actress and writer (b. 1937), in “My Life So Far”, act two, chapter 1 “1968” (2010)

Initiative

Business is not about ideas, it’s about initiatives.

Sergio Zyman – Mexican marceting executive and Company founder, advisor for Coca Cola (b. 1945), Quotations book 2017

New ideas

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.
I’m frightened of the old ones.

John Cage – American composer, musical theorist and writer (1912-1992), from an interview with Richard Kostelanetz, published in “Conversing with Cage” (1988), Quotations book 2017

Evolution of a crisis

The crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought.

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger “Rudi” Dornbusch – German-born American economist (1942-2002), in an interview for “Frontline” (PBS, 1995), Quotations book 2018

Hope

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Dr. h. c. Václav Havel – Czech writer and politician, 1993-2003 president of the Czech Republik (1936-2011), from “Disturbing the peace: a conversation with Karel Hvížďala”, Chapter 5 (1986), Quotations book 2017

Naděje není to přesvědčení, že něco dobře dopadne, ale jistota, že má něco smysl – bez ohledu na to, jak to dopadne.

Dr. h.c. Václav Havel – český a později politik, 1993-2003 prezidentem České republiky (1936-2011), “Dálkový výslech. Rozhovor s Karlem Hvížd’alou” (1986), Citace knihy 2017

Wisdom: A Column of Benjamin Franklin’s Ageless Maxims and Aphorisms

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)

Grip

You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.

Arnold A. Schwarzenegger – Austrian-born American actor, bodybuilder and politician, 2003-11 Governor of California (b. 1947), in his commencement speech at the University of California (May 15th, 2009), Quotations book 2017

Listen

When you talk you are only repeating what you already know,
but when you listen you may learn something.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2017

Content

Content makes poor men rich; Discontent makes rich men poor.

Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790), from “Poor Richard Improved” (1749), Quotations book 2017

Get further

You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.

Melvin Jones – American business leader, founder of Lions Club International (1879-1961), Quotations book 2017

Hvem du er

Det er det du gjør og ikke det du sier som viser hvem du egentlig er.

Norsk ordtak – Sitater bok 2017

It’s what you do, not what you say, that shows who you really are.

Norwegian proverb – Quotations book 2017

Wisdom, morality, determination

Wisdom frees from doubts,
morality frees from suffering,
determination frees from fear.

知者不惑,
仁者不憂,
勇者不懼。

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

Precaution

Before you attempt to beat the odds, make sure you can survive the odds beating you.

Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Kersten – American sociologist and author (1933-2006), Quotations book 2017

Business valuation

Managers and investors alike must understand that accounting numbers are the beginning, not the end, of business valuation.

Warren Buffett – American investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to the stockholders from March 3rd, 1983, Quotations book 2017

Foresight

It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

proverbial saying – Quotations book 2017

Are you in the right game?

If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play.

Wisdom from Jedi Master Yoda – character from the book and film series “Star Wars”, from the novel “Shatterpoint” (2004), Quotations book 2017

Try

Whoever tries the most stuff wins!

Tom Peters – American author and consultant (b. 1942), Quotations book 2017
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Wisdom

Scientiam non ut possessio habeatur, sed sicut aliquid ab eo mutuatum.

Wisdom is not held by men as a possession, but as something on loan.

Thomas of Aquin – Italian philosopher and theologian (1225-1274), from his comment on Aristotle’s Metaphysics “Sententia libri Metaphysicae” (lib. 1 l. 3 n. 13)

Risk

Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.

William Shakespeare – English writer (1564-1616), from “Measure for Measure”, act 1, scene 4 (1604)

Getting forward

The secret of getting forward is to make the first step.

Proverb, often attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), Quotations book 2017

Pioneers

First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.

Nicholas Klein – American attorney and trade unionist (1884-1951), from his address at the Third Biennial Convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers (1918), Quotations book 2017

Building dreams

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.

motivational dictum

Analysis

The time to reflect on your methods is when you are most successful, not when you are making the most mistakes.

Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2017

Blessing or test?

When God provides more money, we often think: This is a blessing!
Well, yes, but it would be just as scriptural to think: This is a test!

Randy C. Alcorn – director of the Eternal Perspective Ministries and author (b. 1954), from “The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving” (2001), Quotations book 2017

Six Rules on How to Be Successful

1. Trust yourself.
2. Break some rules.
3. Don’t be afraid to fail.
4. Ignore the naysayers.
5. Work like hell.
6. Give something back.

Arnold A. Schwarzenegger – Austrian-born American actor, bodybuilder and politician, 2003-11 Governor of California (b. 1947), in his commencement speech at the University of California (May 15th, 2009), Quotations book 2017

Take a position

Cowardice asks the question: “Is it safe?”
Expediency asks the question: “Is it politic?”
Vanity asks the question: “Is it popular?”
But conscience asks the question: “Is it right?”
And there comes a time, when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

Martin Luther King jr. – American civil rights activist and pastor, Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (1929-1968), from his speech “A Proper Sense of Priorities”, held in Washington on February 6th, 1968, Quotations book 2017

Philanthropy

Philanthropy is harder than business. You are tackling important problems that people with intellect and money have tackled in the past and had a tough time solving.

Warren Buffett – American investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from ” The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life” by Alice Schroeder (2008), Quotations book 2017

Ville eet

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

Niche

As an investor you never have perfect information, and the biggest profits are always available when competition and information are scarce.

Seth A. Klarman – American investor, president and CEO: The Baupost Group, LLC (b. 1957), Quotations book 2017

Concentrate

Multitasking makes you stupid. Doing more than one thing at a time makes you slower and worse at both tasks. Don’t do it. If you think this doesn’t apply to you, you’re wrong – it does.

Dr. Jeff Sutherland – American software engineer and entrepreneur, inventor of the Scrum software development process (b. 1941), in “Scrum: A revolutionary approach to building teams, beating deadlines and boosting productivity” (2014), Quotations book 2017

Courage to act

Courage is the beginning of an action, but chance is the master of the end.

τόλμα πρήξιος ἀρχή, τύχη δὲ τέλεος κυρίη.

Democritus from Abdera – Greek philosopher (c. 460 -371 B.C.), fragment 269

Courage

We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Martin Luther King jr. – American civil rights activist and pastor, Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (1929-1968), in his essay “The Strength to Love” (1963)

Staff

MBA students come out with: “My staff is my most important asset.” Bullshit. Staff is usually your biggest cost. We all employ some lazy bastards who needs a kick up the backside, but no one can bring themselves to admit it.

Michael O’Leary – Irish businessman, who made Ryanair one of the largest European airlines (b. 1961)

The Live Joyfully Manifesto

One Life. Keep it simple.
Follow your dreams.
Be curious. Learn new things.
Think outside the box.
Do what you love. Love what you do.
Don’t shy away. Speak your mind.
Be yourself. Be free.
Work less. Do more.
Don’t procrastinate.
Shut off the pixels. Disconnect.
Take time out.
Eat heartily. Take long walks.
Read more. Smile often.
Laugh out loud.
Pick a hobby. Flip a coin.
Sleep like a baby.
Love deeply. Make new friends.
Travel often.
Enjoy the little things.
Seize the day. Live every moment.
Live joyfully.

slogan of the lifestyle company LetterNote, New Delhi, India, Quotations book 2017

Makers

We are the makers of our own destiny. We can mend or mar the present and on that will depend the future.

Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1869-1948), from an interview with the Chinese ambassador in India, Dr. Lo Chia Luen (1947)

Work

There’s a lot of big egos in this industry. Most chief executives got into this business because they want to travel for a living. Not me, I want to work.

Michael O’Leary – Irish businessman, who made Ryanair one of the largest European airlines (b. 1961), Quotations book 2017

Customer focus

I am not the boss – the readers are.

Patrick Joseph McGovern, Jr. – American publisher, founder of the media, research and venture capital organization IDG (1937-2014), Quotations book 2017

Passion

Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life .

Saying – Quotations book 2017

Long-term

The longer the time horizon, the better the performance is likely to be.

Louis A. “Lou” Simpson – American investor (b. 1936), Quotations book 2017

John Wooden’s “Seven Point Creed”

1. Be true to yourself.
2. Make each day your masterpiece.
3. Help others.
4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
5. Make friendship a fine art.
6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

John Hugh Wooden – American farmer (1882-1950), father of the legendary basketball player and coach John Wooden (1910-2010), whom he gave these lines upon graduation from grammar school, which Wooden kept in his wallet a life Long, Quotations book 2017

Watchword 2017

God says: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.

The bible, Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV) – Zitateheft 2017

Yes and No

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

Bridle

It is easier to catch an escaped horse than to take back an escaped word.

Mongolian proverb

Ideas

Ideas attract even more ideas!

Dr. René Siegl – Austrian manager (b. 1959), Quotations book 2017

Idealism

There is indeed little merit in being idealistic if the provision of the material means required for these idealistic aims is left to somebody else. It is only where a person can himself choose to make a material sacrifice for a nonmaterial end that he deserves credit.

Friedrich August von Hayek – Austrian economist and social philosopher, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 1974 (1899-1992), from “The moral Element in Free Enterprise” (1962)

Doing well

Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser;
doing well wisest and best of all.

Persian proverb – Quotations book 2017

Ask good

The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works.

Slogan by Ernst & Young, business consulting company

Swords to ploughshares

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him

David Brinkley – American journalist, news anchor and author (1920-2003), Quotations book 2017

Voyage heureux

He who would travel happily must travel light.

attributed to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French aviator and writer (1900-1994), Quotations book 2017

Pour voyager heureux, voyagez léger.

attribué à Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain, et aviateur français (1900-1944), Brochure de citation 2017

Serving

If you renounce the powerful motor of profit-striving you have to put another power in its place: service in the religious sense. That is solid ground and brings blessings which we feel thankfully every day. Living and believing in the midst of all the indifference – that is the great experience.

Celui qui renonce au puissant moteur du gain doit le replacer par une autre puissance: servir dans le sens de la foi. C’est une base solide qui apporte le bonheur que nous ressentons, chaque jour, avec reconnaissance. Vivre et croire, entouré de tant d’indifférence, est une expérience merveilleuse.

Gottlieb Duttweiler – Swiss entrepreneur, founder of Migros (1888-1962), in „Wir Brückenbauer“ (May 16th, 1958), Quotations book 2017

Wanted

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

Supervision

The directors of companies, however, being the managers rather of other people’s money than of their own, it cannot well be expected that they should watch over it with the same anxious vigilance (…) .

Negligence and profusion, therefore, must always prevail, more or less, in the management of the affairs of such a company.

Adam Smith – English economist (1723-1790), from “n Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations”, Book V, Chapter 1, Part 3 (1776)

Courage for the unpopular

Take advantage of the high rate of analyst forecast error by simply investing in out-of-favour stocks.

David N. Dreman – Canadian investor, founder and Chairman Dreman Value management (b. 1936),
in “Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation”, rule 10 (1998), Quotations book 2017

Investment Success

The unfortunate reality is that investment success cannot be captured in a mathematical equation or a computer program.

Seth A. Klarman – American investor, president and CEO: The Baupost Group, LLC (b. 1957), from “Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor” (2000)

Success

Success doesn’t just come and find you,
you have to go out and get it.

Evan Carmichael – Canadian consultant and company founder (b. 1980), Quotations book 2017

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and for ever.
Amen.

The Bible, Matthew 6:9-13 – furthest spread prayer in christianity, version by the English Language Liturgical Consultation (1988), Quotations book 2017

Artists and bankers

When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss art.
When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money.

attributed to Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), Quotations book 2017

Innovation

Innovation is the only way to win.

Business motivation, often attributed to Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011), Quotations book 2017

Innovative

Be innovative.
Listen to your customers.
Always extend your knowledge.

Johann Vaillant – German entrepreneur, founder of the Vaillant family enterprise (1851-1920), Quotations book 2017

Leadership principles of amazon

a) Customer Obsession
b) Ownership
c) Invent and Simplify
d) Are Right, A Lot
e) Hire and Develop the Best
f) Insist on the Highest Standards
g) Think Big
h) Bias for Action
i) Frugality
j) Learn and Be Curious
k) Earn Trust
l) Dive Deep
m) Have Backbone, Disagree and Commit
n) Deliver Results
o) Vocally Self Critical

With those leadership principles, the company amazon.com from Seattle, Washington (USA), managed to become global market leader in mail-order-selling. – Quotations book 2016

Blessing

The Lord bless you and be close to you.
May he satisfy the hidden longings of your heart.
The Lord grant you wisdom and grace
and give you deep understanding.

May the Lord bless you
and deliver you from temptation,
and empower you with the spirit of prayer,
that you might pray without ceasing
and experience the constant presence of the Lord,
your God, who looks after you.

The Lord bless you with joy
that your heart sings the praises of God
and give Him thanks in everything
no matter the circumstances.

The Lord bless you today with something precious,
that you might recognize it as His gift,
a tangible sign of this this blessing.

May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you
and give you His deep and lasting peace.

Blessingprayer – Quotations book 2016

Future

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)

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)

Confidence

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)

Listening

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

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

Miracles

Les miracles arrivent à ceux qui y croient.

proverbe français

Patience

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)

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

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

Advertising

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)

Precaution

Եօթ անգամ չափիր, մէկ անգամ կտրիր.

Masure twice and cut once.

Armenian proverb – Quotations book 2016

Foresight

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

Foresight

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

毋临渴而掘井。

Chinese proverb – Quotations book 2016

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

Understand

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

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

Deserve

Remember: You always get what you deserve.

Slogan from sports

Improve

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

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

Change

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), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century (b. 1935)

Change

Change before you have to.

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

Change

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)

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)

Tradition

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

Wisdom

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)

Chocolate

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

Risk

The biggest risk is not taking any risk.

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

Prioriteis

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

Priorities

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

Perfection

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

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

Niche

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)

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)

Valor

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

Possibilities

What is imaginable is also possible.

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

Moderately forward

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

Kazakh proverb

Carità

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)

Felicità

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)

Love

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

Life

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)

Long-term

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.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), Quotations book 2016

Customer focus

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

from the prospectus of facebook, Inc. (2012)

Consumer

An educated consumer is our best consumer.

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

Deserve

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

Get ahead

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

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

Removing costs

Removing unnecessary costs is a service to civilization.

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

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)

Conflicts

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

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

Industries

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)

Helgon

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

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

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 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

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)