Découvrez ce qui est à l’intérieur de vous!

Plus est en vous.

devise de Louis de Bruges, seigneur de Gruuthuse – noble, négociant, diplomate et mécène des arts flamand, à partir de 1461 chevaliers de l’ordre de la toison d’or (1422-1492), acquit le monopole de la taxe sur la bière à Bruges en tant qu’homme du duc de Bourgogne le duc Philippe le Bon (1396-1467)

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


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)


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

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


Negotiation is not a sign of weakness but of confidence.

Prof. Roger Fisher – author and professor at Harvard Law School (1922-2012)


If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.

Zig Ziglar – American author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (1926-2012), Quotations book 2016


Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

Joyce Meyer – American evangelist (b. 1943), from “I Dare You: Embrace Life with Passion”, chapter 7 (2007)


As our business grows, it becomes increasingly necessary to delegate responsibility and to encourage men and women to exercise their initiative. This requires considerable tolerance. Those men and women to whom we delegate authority and responsibility, if they are good people, are going to want to do their jobs in their own way.

Mistakes will be made. But if a person is essentially right, the mistakes he or she makes are not as serious as the mistakes management will make if it undertakes to tell those in authority exactly how they have to do their jobs.

Management that is destructively critical when mistakes are made kills initiative. And it´s essential that we have people with initiative, if we are to continue to grow.

William L. McKnight – American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who made 3M to a global concern with this attitude (1887-1978), Quotations book 2013


My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (1889), Quotations book 2012


If you sleep on the floor you are not afraid of falling out of the bed.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2010

Outstanding managers

Outstanding managers are like good friends: when you find one the friendship is durable and capable of lasting years. But friendships aren’t given; they require work and patience. And they reward us when most needed by keeping us from doing dumb things.

Consider the mental stress of changing friends regularly! How much financial stress comes form a continual changing of financial relations?

Arthur D. Clarke – American investment advisor (b. 1942), Quotations book 2005


If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember your lies.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, chairman of Berkshire Heathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2007


If you can’t trust the CEO with your children should something happen to you. You should not go on the board. .

Armando Codina – American entrepreneur and investor (b. 1946)


I learned this early on: You’ve got to give folks responsibility, you’ve got to trust them and then you’ve got to check on them.

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), Quotations book 2003


Comradeship and trust will emerge naturally when discipline and high standards are enforced.

Tao Zhu Gong – born Fan Li, Chniese advisor to the emperor of Yue (500 BC), eleventh Business principle


A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

Theodore Roosevelt – American politician, 1901-09 26th president, Nobel Peace Prize 1906 (1858-1919)


The easiest person to fool is yourself.

Richard Phillips Feynman – American physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1965 (1918-1988)


We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

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


In God we trust, all others bring data.

Prof. Dr. William Edwards Deming – founder of “Total Quality”-movement (1900-1993), Quotations book 2005


Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.



Everything happens for the best.

Richard Prentice Ettinger – American publisher, inventor of loseleaf-Services and founder of US-publisher Prentice Hall (1893-1971), from “Everything Happens for the Best” (1970), Quotations book 2002


What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Dr. Robert H. Schuller – American evangelist and reformed priest (1926-2015), Quotations book 2002


Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.

Bertie Charles Forbes – American journalist and publisher (1880-1954), Quotations book 2002


Everything is possible for one who believes.

The Bible, Markus 9:23 (NIV) – Quotations book 2003