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

Solve problems

Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.

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

Start

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

saying

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)

Finished

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dreams and actions

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

wisdom – Quotations book 2019

Act

Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

Building dreams

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

motivational dictum

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

Try

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

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

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

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

Takers

Turn viewers to takers.

Slogan for motivation – Quotations book 2015

Responsibility

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

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

Success by acting

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Thomas Alva Edison – American inventor (1847-1931), Quotations book 2014

Process

Processes don’t work, people do.

Dr. John Seely Brown – American computer scientis (b. 1940)

Opportunities

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

Demosthenes – Greek speaker and politician (384-322 B.C.)

Doer

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.

Nolan K. Bushnell – American engineer and multiple company founder: Atari et. al. (b. 1943)

Destiny

You are not born a winner. You are not born a loser. You are born a chooser.

Proverb

Facere

Facere docet philosophia, non dicere.

Philosophy teaches us to act, not to speak.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C. – 65 A.C.), from “Letters on ethics to Licilius“ (“Epistulae morales ad Lucilium”, 63 A.C.)

Chances

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Wayne Gretzky – Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1961)

Positive attitude

Once you embrace unpleasant news, not as a negative but as evidence of a need for change, you aren’t defeated by it. You’re learning from it.

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

Quality

Quality means doing the right thing, when no one is watching.

Wilhelm K. Meurer – German-born Canadian businessman, aphorisat and publicist (1934-2018), Quotations book 2014

Doing the right

Do what is right not what is easy.

Slogan by Mylan Inc. – Quotations book 2014

Implementing

An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive Advantage.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager (General Electric), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century (b. 1935), Quotations book 2014

Ability

Ability is nothing without opportunity.

attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte – French general and 1804-14 emperor (1769-1821)

Tackling

If not now, when?
If not here, where?
If not us, who?

American proverb – often falsely attributed to John F. Kennedy (American politician, 1961-63 35th president, 1917-1963) or Robert F. Kennedy (American politician (1925-1968), could not be verified

Do

Well done is better than well said.

Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790), from “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (May 1737), Quotations book 2003 + 2014

Involvement

Tell me, and I will hear;
show me, and I will remember;
involve me, and I will care.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2013

Liberty

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton – English historian, liberal catholic and journalist (1834-1904), Quotations book 2013

Ordinary

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

attributed to Thomas More – English politician and humanistic writer (1478-1535), Quotations book 2013

What instead of how

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

George Smith Patton – American general (1885-1945), Quotations book 2013

Do it

It always seems impossible until it´s done.

attributed to Nelson Mandela – South African anti apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize 1993 (1918-2013), could not be verified by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Quotations book 2012

Active

Men argue; nature acts.

Voltaire – born François Marie Arouet, French philosopher and writer (1694-1778), Quotations book 2012

Execute decisions

The real test is not so much making decisions … as executing them.

Colin Powell – American general and politician, 2001-05 Secretary of state (b. 1937), Quotations book 2012

Confidence

The key, I think, is confidence. Confidence and an unshakable belief that it can be done and that you are the one to do it.

Felix Dennis – British publisher and company founder (b. 1947), Quotations book 2011

Courage

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than one’s fear. The timid presume it is the lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.

Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon – born James Neil Hollingworth, American hippie and music manager (1933-1996), Quotations book 2011

Start walking

Don’t wait for the light at the end of the tunnel.
Stride down there… and light the thing yourself.

attributed to Sara Hamilton – Australian cattle breeder and author (1936-2005), Quotations book 2011

Simplify

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

attributed to Charles Mingus – American jazz musician and composer (1922-1979), Quotations book 2010

Opportunities

Opportunities are like sunrises.
If you wait too long, you miss them.

Dr. William Arthur Ward – American writer (1921-1994), Quotations book 2010

Decisions

Keep focused on the substantive issues. To make a decision means having to go through one door and closing all others.

Abraham Zaleznik – American professor (Harvard Business School) and social psychologist (1924-2011)

Prowess

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.

attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947)

Boldness

The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.

Dale Carnegie – born Dale Carnagey, American author and personality coach (1888-1955)

Bend history

Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and then the total — all of these acts — will be written in the history of this generation.

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy – American jurist and senator (1925-1968), from the “Day of Affirmation speech” at the Cape Town university, South Africa in June 1966

Make decisions

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

Roy E. Disney – American film producer, nephew of Walt Disney (1930-2009), Quotations book 2005

Weather

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

Slogan – often attributed to Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)

Du Good

Do all the good you can,

by all the means you can, in all the ways you can,

in all the places you can,

to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

attributed to John Wesley – English preacher (1703-1791), known as “John Wesley’s Rule”

Wishes

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.

Madonna – born Madonna Louise Ciccone, American singer, actress, songwriter, dancer, author and director (b. 1958)

Do it now

Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

Thomas Carlyle – Scottish essayist and historian (1795-1881), from “Signs of Times” (1829)

Follow-through

Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.

Mary Kay Ash – American entrepreneur, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics and philanthropist (1915-2001), from “Mary Kay on People Management”, page 57 (1985)

Diligence

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield – British statesman (1694-1773), in a letter to his son from October 9th, 1746

Realize

Five Frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? The answer is five – because there is a difference between deciding and doing.

Mark L. Feldman and Michael F. Spratt – American entrepreneurs: Mark L. Feldmann: Start-up Farms International and Destiny Bay Vineyards (b. 1947), Michael F. Spratt: Destiny Bay Vineyards (b. 1950), in “Five Frogs on a Log: A CEO’s Field Guide to Accelerating the Transition in Mergers, Acquisitions and Gut Wrenching Change” (2010)

Action

Vision without action is a daydream. – Action without a vision is a nightmare.

Japanese proverb

Motivation

Do what you love.

attributed to Ted Koppel – born Edward James Koppel, American journalist (b. 1940)

Possessions

The world asks, what does a man own?

Christ, how does he use it?

Andrew Murray – South African priest and writer (1828-1917), from “Money” (1900)

Give away

Everything we have is really loaned to us; we can’t take anything with us when we depart. If we have no use for a thing, we should pass it on to someone else who can use it – now.

attributed to Norma S. Scholl

Give

All you have shall some day be given; therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.

Khalil Gibran – Lebanese Maronite poet, philosopher and artist, aka Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Quotations book 2009

The right moment

Being prepared means much, being able to wait means more, but to make use of the right moment means everything.

Arthur Schnitzler – Austrian writer (1862-1931), from “Buch der Sprüche und Bedenken” (1927), Quotations book 2009

Do it

Drucker purified my mind. He would tell me after each session – don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you are going to do on Monday that’s different.

Donald R. Keough – former CEO for Coca Cola (1926-2015) on Peter F. Drucker, Austrian-born management expert (1909-2005), Quotations book 2006

Fun

We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, chairman of Berkshire Heathaway (b. 1930)

Doings

I wish Karl would acquire some capital, instead of just writing about it.

attributed to Henrietta Marx – Karl Marx’ mother ( 1788-1863), quoted in “The World’s Greatest People. All Things Family, Audio CD, Vol. 1, Disk 6”, Quotations book 2008

Courage

Quantum potes, tantum audes.

Thomas of Aquin- Italian philosopher and theologian (1225-1274), from “Lauda Sion” (circa 1264), Quotations book 2008

Care

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2008

Movement

The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.

John F. Kennedy – American politician, 1961-63 35th president (1917-1963), at a press conference 1963

Give

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

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

Action

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), Quotations book 2004

From the necessary to the impossible

Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible!

Francis of Assisi – Italian friar and orders founder (1181-1226), Quotations book 2006

Serenity

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr – German-American theologian (1892-1971), Quotations book 2006

Riht to criticise

He has the right to criticise who has the heart to help.

Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865)

Abilities

Nobody knows what’s in him until he tries to pull it out.

Ernest M. Hemingway – American writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1954 (1899-1961)

Do it right

Do it right the first time!

Management’s wisdom

Whatever you do

Whatever you do, do wisely, and think of the consequences.

Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem!

from the”Gesta Romanorum” – late medieval collection of examples (14th Century)

Simplify

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955), Quotations book 2007

Freedom and happiness

τὸ εὔδαιμον τὸ ἐλεύθερον, τὸ δ’ ἐλεύθερον τὸ εὔψυχον.

Felicitatem existimantes esse libertatem, et libertatem esse animi generositatem.

Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.

Thucydides – Greek historian (ca. 454-395 BC), from Pericles‘ funeral speech (Greek politician, ca. 490-429 BC) in “The Peloponnesian War” (Book2, ca. 430 BC), Quotations book 2004

Winning margain

What are you doing your competitors aren’t doing yet?

Philip A. Fisher – American Growth investor and Mentor of Warren Buffett (1907-2004), Quotations book 2007

Commitment

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.

Eleanor Roosevelt – American presidential spouse 1933-45 and philanthropist, co-writer of the UN Charta for human rights (1884-1962)

Action

There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

John F. Kennedy – American politician, 1961-63 35th president (1917-1963), Quotations book 2005

Action

Action speaks louder than words.

Proverb – Quotations book 2006

Together

You can do things that I cannot do.

I can do things that you cannot do.

Together we can do great things.

Mother Teresa – born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-born Indian nun and order’s founder, Nobel Peace Prize 1979 (1910-1997), Quotations book 2006

Take the opportunity

The sad truth is that opportunity doesn’t knock twice. You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come.

Gloria Estefan – American singer and actress (b. 1957)

Dream

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Walt Disney – Americani catoonist and film producer (1901-1966), Quotations book 2002

Self-realisation

Be the person you always wanted to be!

Motivation – Quotations book 2002

Mesurement

What gets measured gets done.

Management’s wisdom – Quotations book 2002

Assertiveness

Agreeable in manner, strong in substance.

Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo!

Claudius Aquaviva – Italian Jesuit general, Venice (1543-1615), Quotations book 2002

Imprinting

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.

Elvis Presley – American singer (1935-1977), Quotations book 2004

Focus

Focus on waht you can do not on what you cannot do.

Motto of a handicapped basketball-player and participant of the paralympic games – Quotations book 2004

Implementation

An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.

No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it.

Maurice Maeterlinck – Belgian writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1911 (1862-1949), Quotations book 2004