Collection: FREEDOM Quotes

Albert Einstein:

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.

Aldous Huxley:

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh:

Him that I love, I wish to be free — even from me.

Barbara Ehrenreich:

That’s free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing — the truly democratic thing about it — is that you don’t even have to be a player to lose.

Benjamin Franklin:

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security

C. Wright Mills:

Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them — and then, the opportunity to choose.

Carl Shurz:

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.

Charlie Daniels:

A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You’re free at last.

written en route to the funeral for his friend, Ronnie Van Zant of the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Clarence Darrow:

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free.

Dorothy Thompson:

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.

Of all forms of government and society, those of free men and women are in many respects the most brittle. They give the fullest freedom for activities of private persons and groups who often identify their own interests, essentially selfish, with the general welfare.

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.

Dwight D. Eisenhower:

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.

Edward R. Murrow:

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

Eleanor Holmes Norton:

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.

Epictetus:

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.

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Erich Fromm:

Human history begins with man’s act of disobedience which is at the very same time the beginning of his freedom and development of his reason.

Eugene V. Debs:

Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

Florynce Kennedy:

Freedom is like taking a bath — you have to keep doing it every day!

Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.

Frederick Douglass:

Who would be free themselves must strike the blow. Better even to die free than to live slaves.

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.

Goethe:

None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.

H. L. Mencken:

I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman’s club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.

The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel:

Liberty, equality – bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.

Henry David Thoreau:

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.

Hodding Carter:

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.

Hubert Humphrey:

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

James Baldwin:

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.

Jean-Paul Sartre:

Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.

Jesse Jackson:

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.

John Adams:

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

John Dewey:

The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment, exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is, I think, to identify it with freedom of movement, or, with the external or physical side of activity.

John F. Kennedy:

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.

The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.

Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.

John Lewis:

We live in a country where we’re supposed to have freedom of the press and religious freedom, but I think to some degree, there’s a sense of fear in America today, that if you say the wrong thing, what some people will consider what is wrong, if you step out of line, if you dissent, whether you be an entertainer, that somehow and some way this government or the forces to be will come down on you.

John P. Zenger:

No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.

John Philpot Curran:

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt. (1790)

John Stuart Mill:

The only part of the conduct of anyone for which he is amenable to society is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.

The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilised community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinion of others, to do so would be wise, or even right… The only part of the conduct of anyone, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.

Leonid Brezhnev:

The trouble with free elections is, you never know who is going to win.

Lillian Hellman:

For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.

Margaret Sanger:

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.

Marianne Williamson:

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach:

As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom.

Marilyn Ferguson:

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.

Mark Twain:

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have these three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence to practice neither.

Mohandas K. Gandhi:

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.

Molly Ivins:

It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.

Noam Chomsky:

For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of ‘brainwashing under freedom’ to which we are subjected and which all too often we sere as willing or unwitting instruments.”

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all.

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.

Norman Thomas:

After I asked him what he meant, he replied that freedom consisted of the unimpeded right to get rich, to use his ability, no matter what the cost to others, to win advancement.

Patrick Henry:

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

Pearl S. Buck:

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.

Peyton Conway March:

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.

Rabbi Sherwin Wine:

There are two visions of America. One precedes our founding fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of our puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable with diversity, hostile to science, unfriendly to reason, contemptuous of personal autonomy. It sees America as a religious nation. It views patriotism as allegiance to God. It secretly adores coercion and conformity. Despite our constitution, despite the legacy of the Enlightenment, it appeals to millions of Americans and threatens our freedom.

The other vision finds its roots in the spirit of our founding revolution and in the leaders of this nation who embraced the age of reason. It loves freedom, encourages diversity, embraces science and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual. It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely religious nor completely secular. It defines patriotism as love of country and of the people who make it strong. It defends all citizens against unjust coercion and irrational conformity.

This second vision is our vision. It is the vision of a free society. We must be bold enough to proclaim it and strong enough to defend it against all its enemies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?

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Ramsey Clark:

A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.

Robert Frost:

Freedom lies in being bold.

Rosa Luxemburg:

Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element.

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.

Sam Adams:

It is no dishonor to be in a minority in the cause of liberty and virtue.

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Simone Weil:

Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.

Somerset Maugham:

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

Soren Kierkegaard:

People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have. For example, the freedom of thought. Instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.

Thomas Jefferson:

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned — this is the sum of good government.

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

Unknown:

[C]reative ability and personal responsibility are strongest when the mind is free from supernatural belief and operates in an atmosphere of freedom and democracy.

Victor Frankl:

Everything can be taken from a man but … the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Virginia Woolf:

To enjoy freedom, if the platitude is pardonable, we have of course to control ourselves. We must not squander our powers, helplessly and ignorantly, squirting half the house in order to water a single rose-bush; we must train them, exactly and powerfully, here on the very spot.

The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.

Voltaire:

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.

Wendell Phillips:

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

-frequently misattributed to Thomas Jefferson

Wendy Kaminer:

Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least. [source]

William O. Douglas:

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.

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Robin Williams’ Famous Quotes

Ah, yes, divorce… from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.

Carpe per diem – seize the check.

Cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money.

Comedy is acting out optimism.

Cricket is basically baseball on valium.

Do you think God gets stoned? I think so… look at the platypus.

Gentiles are people who eat mayonnaise for no reason.

God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.

Having George W. Bush giving a lecture on business ethics is like having a leper give you a facial, it just doesn’t work!

I like my wine like my women – ready to pass out.

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.

If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?

If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.

Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

People say satire is dead. It’s not dead; it’s alive and living in the White House.

Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.

Reality: What a concept!

See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”

The Russians love Brooke Shields because her eyebrows remind them of Leonid Brezhnev.

The Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms, not to bear artillery.

The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, ‘Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.’ She’s got a baseball bat and yelling, ‘You want a piece of me?’

We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.

We have a president for whom English is a second language. He’s like ‘We have to get rid of dictators,’ but he’s pretty much one himself.

We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.

What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.

When in doubt, go for the dick joke.

When the media ask George W. Bush a question, he answers, ‘Can I use a lifeline?’

When you look at Prince Charles, don’t you think that someone in the Royal family knew someone in the Royal family?

Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?

You’ll notice that Nancy Reagan never drinks water when Ronnie speaks.

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

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Funny Quotes from Stand-up Comedians

Relationships are hard. It’s like a full-time job, and we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks’ notice. There should be severance pay, and before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp.
Bob Ettinger

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.
Ellen DeGeneres

A lady came up to me on the street and pointed at my suede jacket. ‘You know a cow was murdered for that jacket?’ she sneered. I replied in a psychotic tone, ‘I didn’t know there were any witnesses. Now I’ll have to kill you too.
Jake Johansen

My mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, ‘Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim.’
Paula Poundstone

In elementary school, in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a single file line from smallest to tallest. What is the logic? Do tall people burn slower?
Warren Hutcherson

Did you ever walk in a room and forget why you walked in? I think that’s how dogs spend their lives.
Sue Murphy

The Swiss have an interesting army. Five hundred years without a war. Pretty impressive. Also pretty lucky for them. Ever see that little Swiss Army knife they have to fight with? Not much of a weapon there. Corkscrews. Bottle openers. ‘Come on, buddy, let’s go. You get past me, the guy in back of me, he’s got a spoon. Back off. I’ve got the toe clippers right here.’
Jerry Seinfeld

I was a bank teller. That was a great job. I was bringing home $450,000 a week.
Joel Lindley

Men are pigs. Too bad we own everything.
Tim Allen

I went to the 30th reunion of my preschool. I didn’t want to go, because I’ve put on like a hundred pounds.
Wendy Liebman

Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.
George Carlin

My favorite animal is steak.
Fran Lebowitz

Two guys walk into a bar. You’d think one of them would have seen it.
Daniel Lybra

In a nutshell, just be good and kind to your children, because not only are they the future of the world, but they are the ones who can eventually sign you into the home.
Dennis Miller

A word to the wise ain’t necessary. It’s the stupid ones who need the advice.
Bill Cosby

I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone.
Elayne Boosler

I wanted to make it really special on Valentine’s day, so I tied my boyfriend up. And for three solid hours I watched whatever I wanted on TV.
Tracy Smith

I’ll tell you how to beat the gambling in Las Vegas. When you get off the airplane, walk right into the propeller.
Henny Youngman

If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
Jay Leno

I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.
Janeane Garofalo

I took my parents back to the airport today. They leave tomorrow.
Margaret Smith

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck. But my lawyer thinks he can get me five.
Steven Wright

New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most of it unsolved.
Johnny Carson

I had a cab driver in Paris. The man smelled like a guy eating cheese while getting a permanent inside the septic tank of a slaughterhouse.
Dennis Miller

Please, if you ever see me getting beaten up by the police, please put your video camera down and help me.
Bobcat Goldthwait

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we’ve always had: work, or prison.
Tim Allen

If it weren’t for baseball, many kids wouldn’t know what a millionaire looks like.
Phyllis Diller

The 1960s were when hallucinogenic drugs were really, really big. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we had the shows then like The Flying Nun.
Ellen DeGeneres

My husband said he needed more space. So I locked him outside.
Roseanne

Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they are born, and they start using sleep deprivation to break you.
Ray Romano

We need a twelve-step group for compulsive talkers. They would call it On Anon Anon.
Paula Poundstone

I find television very educational. Every time someone turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
Groucho Marx

There’s only one difference between Catholics and Jews. Jews are born with guilt, and Catholics have to go to school to learn it.
Elayne Boosler

I come from family where gravy is considered a beverage.
Erma Bombeck

Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I’m halfway through my fishburger and I realize, Oh my God, I could be eating a slow learner.
Lynda Montgomery

Dogs lead a nice life. You never see a dog with a wristwatch.
George Carlin

Every day people are straying away from the church, and going back to God.
Lenny Bruce

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.
Ellen DeGeneres

A man on a date wonders if he’ll get lucky. The woman knows.
Monica Piper

I date this girl for two years and then the nagging starts: I wanna know your name…
Mike Binder

Having a male gynecologist is like going to an auto mechanic who doesn’t own a car.
Carrie Snow

I’m not a good lover, but at least I’m fast.
Drew Carey

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.
Dave Barry

Before I met my husband I’d never fallen in love, though I’ve stepped in it a few times.
Rita Rudner

Why is it when we talk to God we’re said to be praying, but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic?
Lily Tomlin

Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.
Fran Lebowitz

I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals. I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.
A. Whitney Brown

Thou shall not kill. Thou shall not commit adultery. Don’t eat pork. I’m sorry, what was that last one? Don’t eat pork? Is that the word of God, or is that pigs trying to outsmart everybody?
Jon Stewart

I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut… I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I give you money and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I can’t imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. To some skeptical friend, Don’t even act like I didn’t buy a doughnut, I’ve got the documentation right here… It’s in my file at home. …Under D.
Mitch Hedberg

Hate your job? There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody and they meet at a bar.
Drew Carey

I have the body of an eighteen year old. I keep it in the fridge.
Spike Milligan

I’ve had a wonderful evening – but this wasn’t it.
Groucho Marx

Source: http://www.innocentenglish.com

Ten Favorite Famous Quotes

Favorite Famous Quotes #1
I want to know God’s thoughts… the rest are details.

-Albert Einstein
Favorite Famous Quotes #2
100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.

-Wayne Gretzky
Favorite Famous Quotes #3
‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where –‘ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘–so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.

-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Favorite Famous Quotes #4
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

-M.K. Gandhi
Favorite Famous Quotes #5
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.

-Dr. Napoleon Hill
Favorite Famous Quotes #6
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Favorite Famous Quotes #7
You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.

-Zig Ziglar
Favorite Famous Quotes #8
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

-Mark Twain
Favorite Famous Quotes #9
Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

-Samuel Johnson
Favorite Famous Quotes #10
I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short.

Blaise Pascal

A Collection: Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

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IMPROVING PERFORMANCE & RESULTS:

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

Records are made to be broken.

We are where we are, and what we are, because of the dominating thoughts that occupy our mind.
– W. Clement Stone

We have met the enemy, and it is us.
– Pogo

It is much easier to act yourself into a new way of feeling, than to feel yourself into a new way of acting.
– E. Stanley Jones

Our jobs determine to a large extent what our lives are like.
– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

It’s never too late to become what you might have become.
– George Eliot

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do.
– Henry W. Longfellow

Attitude determines your altitude.
– Harry F. Banks

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
– Napoleon Hill

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
– Elbert Hubbard

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
– Robert Half

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
– L.P. Jacks

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
– Henry Ford

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
– John Wooden

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
– Wayne Gretsky

All things are difficult before they are easy.
– John Norley

A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.
– Napoleon Hill

Some men see things as they are and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were, and say, “Why not?”
– George Bernard Shaw

If you run your company on figures alone, you will go under. Why? Because the important figures are not there. What about the multiplying effects of a happy customer? What about the multiplying effects of an unhappy customer? Are they in your figures?
– W. Edwards Deming

MOTIVATION:

Giving someone the freedom to take responsibility releases resources that would otherwise remain concealed.
– Jan Carlson
SAS

Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something that you are convinced should be done.
– Vance Packard

Passion + Purpose = Performance

People do things for their reasons, not ours.

I can’t do what 10 people tell me to do, so I guess I’ll remain the same.
– Otis Redding
“Dock of the Bay”

People are always blaming their circumstances for where and what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can not find them, make them.
– George Bernard Shaw

If it’s to be, it’s up to me.

All motivation is self-motivation.

People do things to gain a benefit or avoid a loss.

The strongest human force for motivation is goal setting.
– Paul J. Meyer

90% of all failures come from two things:
1) not starting; or
2) quitting too soon.

Our greatest power is our power to choose.
– J. Martin Kohe

COMMUNICATION:

What we have here is a failure to communicate.
– Warden “Cool Hand Luke”

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
– Seen on a poster

Never tell people how to do things. Tell what to do, and why, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
– General George S. Patton

Under promise, over deliver.
You only get answers to questions you ask.
– Thomas K. Connellan, Ph.D.

Four ways people judge you:
1. How you look
2. How you act
3. What you say
4. How you say it

Paraphrasing can turn a heated argument into a constructive conversation.
– Robert J. McKain

The ability to communicate effectively plays a vital role in successful living. In your career it can mean success or failure, and in your personal life it can spell the difference between happiness and misery.
– Robert J. McKain

I’d rather know some of the questions than all of the answers.
– James Thurber

GOALS & EXPECTATIONS:

A good plan violently executed right now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
– General George Patton
Goal setting is the strongest force for self-motivation.
– Paul J. Meyer
The person with the best plan of action wins.
– Paul J. Meyer

Create your own circumstances.

For things to get better, you’ve got to get better.
The saddest words of tongue or pen are these…it might have been.
– John G. Whittier

Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea.
– Robert Half

If you are not making the progress you are capable of and would like to make, it is because your goals are not clearly defined.
– Paul J. Meyer

The enemy of accountability is ambiguity.

We get what we focus on.

First we work on our goals, then our goals work on us.
A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
– Charles Kettering

A problem is your chance to do your best.
– Duke Ellington

FEEDBACK & POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT:

What gets rewarded gets done.
– Michael LeBoeuf, Ph.D.

A farmer can’t make a seed grow, but he can kill it.
Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.
– George M. Adams

Flatter me, I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.
– William A. Ward

I want everybody to tell me the truth — even if it costs him his job
– Sam Goldwyn

Feedback is a tool for change.
– Unknown

Feedback is one of the most critical requirements for sustained high-level performance of any human act. Without frequent feedback and specific feedback, performance varies and often fails.
– Ferdinand Fournies

Giving specific, appropriate feedback is the quickest, cheapest, and most effective intervention for improving performance.
– Ferdinand Fournies

Once a year feedback doesn’t work.
– Unknown

As often as not, we chew people out because we’re angry or frustrated and it makes us feel better.
– Thomas K. Connellan, Ph.D.

SCOREKEEPING:

What gets measured gets done.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
– George Odiorne

Insight precedes change.

A short pencil is better than a long memory.
When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.
– Thomas S. Monson

Once a fair method of keeping score is put in place and accepted, the results can be truly staggering.
– Charles A. Coonradt

Separate the vital few from the trivial many.
– Joseph Juran

It’s a funny thing about life: If you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will often get it.
– W. Somerset Maugham

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

If better is possible, good is not enough.
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 the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
– Vince Lombardi

COACHING:

It’s not what your people do when you’re there, it’s what they do when you’re not there that counts.
– Tom Peters

People have trouble making decisions. Therefore, make decisions for them which will be easy to agree with.
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
– Samuel Johnson

When you help enough other people get what they want, you will get what you want.
You have to confront nonperformance, but you need to do it in a way that creates commitment rather than grudging compliance or outright resistance.
– Thomas K. Connellan, Ph.D.

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
– Dr. Bruce A. Baldwin

Your ability as a manager is measured by what your employees do, not by what you do. Therefore, the facts of life dictate that, as a manager, you don’t get paid for what you do, you get paid for what your employees do. You need them more than they need you.
– Ferdinand F. Fournies

The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people.

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no person can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
There is something much more scarce, far finer, rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
– Elbert Hubbard

Source: http://www.better-result.com/Quotes.htm#PERFORMANCE

The Einstein Quiz

Einstein said that 98% of people in the world cannot solve the following puzzle. Are you among the 2% who can get the answer? Here is the Einstein Quiz:

Facts:

1.) There are 5 houses in 5 different colors.
2.) In each house lives a person with a different nationality.
3.) These 5 owners drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet.
4.) No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same drink.
5.) Hints:
1. The Brit lives in a red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the left of the white house.
5. The green house owner drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The man living in the house right in the centre drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12. The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

Question:

Can you determine WHO KEEPS FISH?
Can You Solve the Einstein Quiz?

Source: http://www.amazeingart.com/fun/einstein-quiz.html

A Collection: Einstein Jokes

“Way To Go, Einstein!”

When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker’s circuit, he usually found himself eagerly longing to get back to his laboratory work. One night as they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks & manner) that he was tired of speechmaking.

“I have an idea, boss,” his chauffeur said. “I’ve heard you give this speech so many times. I’ll bet I could give it for you.” Einstein laughed loudly and said, “Why not? Let’s do it!” When they arrive at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur’s cap and jacket and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of Einstein’s speech and even answered a few questions expertly.

Then a supremely pompous professor asked an extremely esoteric question about anti-matter formation, digressing here and there to let everyone in the audience know that he was nobody’s fool. Without missing a beat, the chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and said:

“Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back, answer it for me.”

Source: http://halloween-jokes.com/node/12040

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“Einstein Talks With GOD”

Einstein climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God.
Looking up, he asks the Lord… “God, what does a million years mean to you?”
The Lord replies, “A minute.”
“Einstein asks, “And what does a million dollars mean to you?”
The Lord replies, “A penny.”
Einstein asks, “Can I have a penny?”
The Lord replies, “In a minute.”

Source: http://www.goofyville.com/jokes/funny-einstein-joke.shtml

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“Einstein in Heaven”

Einstein dies and goes to heaven only to be informed that his room is not yet ready. “I hope you will not mind waiting in a dormitory. We are very sorry, but it’s the best we can do and you will have to share the room with others.”, he was told by the doorman named Pete. Einstein says that this is no problem at all and that there is no need to make such a great fuss. So Pete leads him to the dorm. They entered and Albert was introduced to all of the present inhabitants. “See, Here is your first room mate. He has an IQ of 180!” “Why that’s wonderful!” Says Albert. “We can discuss mathematics!” “And here is your second room mate. His IQ is 150!” “Why that’s wonderful!” says Albert. “We can discuss physics!” “And here is your third room mate. His IQ is 100!” “That’s wonderful! We can discuss the latest plays at the theatre!” Just then another man moves out to capture Albert’s hand and shake it. “I’m your last room mate and I’m sorry, but my IQ is only 80.” Albert smiles back at him and says, “So, where do you think interest rates are headed?”

“Q&A with Einstein”

Q: How many Einsteins does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: That depends on the speed of the changer, and the mass of the bulb. Or vice versa, of course. Then it just might be easier to leave the bulb alone and change the room. It’s all relative.

Q: Why did Albert Einstein cross the street?
A: To get away from Niels Bohr. But when he got to the other side Bohr was there also.

Source: http://irish-ayes.blogspot.com/2008/01/albert-einstein-jokes-and-quotes.html

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“Einstein Plays Hide-and-Seek”

Once, all the scientists died and went to
heaven.

They decided to play hide-n-seek.

Unfortunately Einstein is the one who has the
den.

He is supposed to count up to 100…and then start
searching.

Everyone starts hiding except Newton.

Newton just draws a square of 1 meter and stands in it
right in front of Einstein.

Einstein’s counting

1, 2, 3……97, 98, 99…. ..100……. .

He opens his eyes and finds Newton standing in
front.

Einstein says ” Newton ‘s out. Newton ‘s….out.”

Newton denies and says “I am not out.”

He claims that he is not Newton.

All the scientists came out to see how he proves that
he is not Newton.

Newton says “I am standing in a square of area 1 meter
squared.

That makes me Newton per meter squared.

Since one Newton per meter squared is one Pascal, I’m
Pascal,

Therefore Pascal is OUT!

Source: http://emailbookmarking.blogspot.com/2007/12/einstein-jokes.html

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“Einstein, Picasso and George W. Bush”

Einstein dies and goes to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter tells him, “You look like Einstein, but you have NO idea the lengths that some people will go to sneak into Heaven. Can you prove who you really are?”

Einstein ponders for a few seconds and asks, “Could I have a blackboard and some chalk?”

Saint Peter snaps his fingers and a blackboard and chalk instantly appear. Einstein proceeds to describe with arcane mathematics and symbols his theory of relativity.

Saint Peter is suitably impressed. “You really ARE Einstein!” he says. “Welcome to heaven!”

The next to arrive is Picasso. Once again, Saint Peter asks for credentials.

Picasso asks, “Mind if I use that blackboard and chalk?”

Saint Peter says, “Go ahead.”

Picasso erases Einstein’s equations and sketches a truly stunning mural with just a few strokes of chalk.

Saint Peter claps. “Surely you are the great artist you claim to be!” he says. “Come on in!”

Then Saint Peter looks up and sees George W. Bush. Saint Peter scratches his head and says, “Einstein and Picasso both managed to prove their identity. How can you prove yours?”

George W. looks bewildered and says, “Who are Einstein and Picasso?”

Saint Peter sighs and says, “Come on in, George.”

Source: http://www.jokeforaday.com/?p=17