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)


Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.


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

Building dreams

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

motivational dictum

Att göra fel är tillåten

Making mistakes is the privilege of the active – of those who can correct their mistakes and put them right. […]
The fear of making mistakes is the root of bureaucracy and the enemy of development. No decision can claim to be the only right one; it is the energy that is put into the decision that determines whether it is right. It must be allowed to make mistakes.

Ingvar Kamprad – Swedish entrepreneur, founder of IKEA (1926-2018), from “The Testament of a furniture dealer” (“En Möbelhandlares Testamente”, December 20, 1976), Quotations book 2022

Att göra fel är den handlingskraftiges privilegium – den som förmår att göra om och rätta till. […]
Felrädsla är byråkratins vagga och all utvecklings fiende. Inget beslut får göra anspråk på att vara det enda rätta. Det är handlingskraften bakom beslutet som avgör dess riktighet. Det måste få vara tillåtet att göra fel.

Ingvar Kamprad – svensk entreprenör, grundare av IKEA (1926-2018), från “En Möbelhandlares Testamente” (20:e december, 1976), citat broschyr 2022


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 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


Agreeable in manner, strong in substance.

Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo!

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


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

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


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


Chinese proverb – Quotations book 2016


Some people just watch a horse galloping by. Others see an opportunity to jump on.

Jan-David Golze – German business development expert,

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


Ability is nothing without opportunity.

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

Doing the right

Do what is right not what is easy.

Slogan by Mylan Inc. – Quotations book 2014

Trying and failing

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

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

Keep moving

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

proverb – Quotations book 2020


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

Wisdom – Quotations book 2013


If you can dream it, you can do it.

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


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


We need to feel a high sense of urgency. But this does not mean that we should mount our charger and try to ride off in all directions at once.

Dwight David Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969), in a radio and television address to the American people on science in national security (November 7, 1957)


Do what you can and leave the rest to God.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book XIII, chapter XXVI, 832 (1932), Libretto delle citazioni 2021

Fa’ quello che puoi, e Dio farà il resto.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda XIII, capitolo XXVI, 4832 (1932), Quotations book 2021

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)

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), from the interview “Seeing Things As They Really Are” (“Forbes”, March, 10th, 1997), Quotations book 2006


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


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)

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


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)


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


What gets measured gets done.

Management’s wisdom – Quotations book 2002


The most powerful step that anyone can take to turn their dreams into reality is a simple one: You just need to start.

Marc B. Randolph – co-founder of Netflix (b. 1958), from “That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea” (2019), Quotations book 2021


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



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

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)

Do it right

Do it right the first time!

Management’s wisdom

Succès et objectifs

On ne fait jamais attention à ce qui a été fait; on ne voit que ce qui reste à faire.

Marie Curie – aussi Marie Skłodowska-Curie, physicienne et chimiste française d’origine polonaise, prix Nobel de physique en 1903 et prix Nobel de chimie en 1911 (1867-1934), d’une lettre à son frère Józef Skłodowski (18/03/1894), Brochure de citation 2021

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

Marie Curie – also Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Polish-born French physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Physics 1903 and Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1911 (1867-1934), from a letter to her brother Józef Skłodowski (3/18/1894), Quotations book 2021

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)


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)

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

Make it possible

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.

Robert A. Heinlein – American engineer and science-fiction author (1907-1988), from “Between Planets”, chapter 2, “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin” (1951)


In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsk – Russian writer (1821-1881), from “The Brothers Karamazov”, part I, book one, chapter 5 (1880)

В реалисте вера не от чуда рождается, а чудо от веры.

Федор Достоевский – русский писатель (1821-1881), из “Бра́тья Карама́зовы”,
часть I, книга первая, глава 5 (1880)


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)


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

Start early

Plan the difficult when it is easy;
Handle the big where it is small.
The world’s hardest work begins when it is easy;
The world’s largest effort begins where it is small.

from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 63, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, c. 3rd to 5th century BC)

Do it!

If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.

Elon Musk – South African-born American engineer, designer and founding entrepreneur: Tesla (b. 1971), Quotations book 2022


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)


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)


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

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

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


Action speaks louder than words.

Proverb – Quotations book 2006

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

Doing good

One has to do good in order for it to exist in the world.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach – Austrian writer (1830-1916), from her “Aphorisms”, published in “Gesammelte Schriften”, book 1 (1893)

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)

Solve problems

Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.

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


Processes don’t work, people do.

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

Dreams and actions

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

wisdom – Quotations book 2019

Knowledge is power

Never assume! Ask, analyse, test, implement!

Bernd Keller – German company founder, CEO “tRUE STANDARD” (b. 1966)


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


If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.

Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)


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)


When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

John Thomas – American football coach: “Green Hornets”, quoted by Joe Scherrer in “Thomas Won’t Let Hornets Scrimmage”, in “The Corpus Christi Times” (September 15th, 1953), Quotations book 2022

Success by acting

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

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


The secret of getting ahead is getting started.


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)


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)


The woods would be very silent if no bird sang but those that sing best.

Elizabeth Charles – English writer (1828-1896), from “The Two Vocations or The Sisters of Mercy at Home” (1858), Quotations book 2020


It is like it is. But it will be what you make of it.


Do it yourself

Listen and you will forget.
Write it down and you will remember.
Do it yourself and you will understand.

Credo the energetic – Quotations book 2020


Change before you have to.

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


Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.

James “Jimmy” Spithill – Australian yachtsman, 2010 and 2013 Americas Cup winner (b. 1979)

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


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


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


Never is done tomorrow what is not done today.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-18329, from “Faust: Part One”, “Prelude on the Stage” (1808)

Do good

We must never miss an opportunity that God gives us to do good.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book VI, chapter XXXV, 493 (1907), Libretto delle citazioni 2021

Non dobbiamo mai lasciarci sfuggire un’occasione che il Signore ci presenta per fare del bene.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda VI, capitolo XXXV, 493 (1907), Quotations book 2021


What would life be if we didn’t dare to take things in hand?

Vincent van Gogh – Dutch painter (1853-1890), in a letter to his brother Theo (December 29th, 1881), Quotations book 2021

Wat zou het leven zijn als we niet wat durfden aanpakken?

Vincent van Gogh – Nederlands kunstschilder (1853-1890), in een brief aan zijn broer Theo (29 december 1881), Offerteboekje 2021

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


L’intuizione, è l’intelligenza che commette un eccesso di velocità.

proverbio italiano – Libretto delle citazioni 2020


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)


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)


If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

Seth W. Godin – American author and former dot com business executive and company founder (b. 1960)


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

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


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.)


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

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


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


To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.

Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from “The Critic As Artist”, scene 2 (1891), Quotations book 2021

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”


I am Honest.
I am Dependable.
I am Diligent.
I am Responsible.
I am Disciplined.
I am Loving.
I am Faithful.
I am an Implementer.

Tom Ziglar – American entrepreneur, CEO Ziglar Inc. (b. 1965)


Do what you love.

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

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 (1181/82-1226), Quotations book 2006

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


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

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)


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


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 (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century, Quotations book 2014

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


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

Everything is possible

People saying: “It can’t be done,” are always being interrupted by somebody doing it.

proverb from the “Puck” – first successful American humor magazine (volume 52, no. 1347, December 24, 1902), Quotations book 2022

often falsely attributed to George Bernard Shaw (Irish writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1925, 1856-1950)


When you always wait until everything fits perfectly and you are really ready, you wait until the end of your life.

Jan-David Golze – German business development expert,


Men argue; nature acts.

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

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


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


Quantum potes, tantum audes.

Thomas Aquinas – Italian philosopher and theologian (1224/25-1274), from “Lauda Sion” (circa 1264), Quotations book 2008


We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.

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

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


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)


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


Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

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


Do it with passion, or not at all.

wisdom, attributed to Rosa Nouchette Carey – English children’s writer (1840-1909)


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910), Quotations book 2020


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

Keep in move

Beware of balance.

Michael Charles “Mike” Yaconelli – American writer, theologian and satirist, co-founder and owner of Youth Specialties (1942-2003), in “Messy Spirituality” (2002)

Pray and act

Prayer should never be an excuse for inaction. Nehemiah prayed but he also set guards for protection.

Cornelia Arnolda Johanna “Corrie” ten Boom – Dutch writer, member of the resistance (1892-1983), from “Clippings from My Notebook” (Thomas Nelson Inc., 1982), Quotations book 2022


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


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

Wisdom – Quotations book 2008


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)

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)


Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.

Galileo Galilei – Italian astronomist und physicist (1564-1642)

Misura ciò che è misurabile e rendi misurabile ciò che non lo è.

Galileo Galilei – astronomo e fisico italiano (1564-1642)


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


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

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


He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.

Philip James “Jim” Elliot – American evangelical Christian missionary in Ecuador, killed by the Huaorani people (1927-2956), in “To Carry the Light Farther: A Story of Faith, Sacrifice and Cultural Conflict in the Jungles of Ecuador” (1946)

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


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


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


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

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 (1937-2021), Quotations book 2012


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

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

Only those who let go have two hands free

We cannot plant seeds with closed fists.

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel – Argentine activist, writer and sculptor, Nobel Peace Prize 1980 (b. 1931), from his acceptance speech on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo (10.12.1980), Quotations book 2022

Nadie puede sembrar con los puños cerrados.

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel – activista, escritor y escultor argentino, Premio Nobel de la Paz 1980 (n. 1931), de su discurso de aceptación con motivo de la entrega del Premio Nobel de la Paz en Oslo (10.12.1980), Libro de citas 2022


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

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


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


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


Turn viewers to takers.

Slogan for motivation – Quotations book 2015


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


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)


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

Japanese proverb

What you can do today…

Do not put off to tomorrow the good you can do today, because maybe tomorrow you will not have time.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book IV, chapter XXXVII, 439 (1904)

Non mandate al domani il bene che potete fare oggi, perché forse domani non avrete più tempo.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda IV, capitolo XXXVII, 4439 (1904)


Be the person you always wanted to be!

Motivation – Quotations book 2002


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)