Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
—Voltaire (French Philosopher)
While praying, listen to the words very carefully. When your heart is attentive, your entire being enters your prayer without your having to force it.
—Nachman of Breslov (Ukrainian Jewish Rabbi)
The man who enters a library is in the best society this world affords; the good and the great welcome him, surround him, and humbly ask to be allowed to become his servants.
—Andrew Carnegie (Scottish-American Industrialist)
If you must be in a hurry, then let it be according to the old adage, and hasten slowly.
—Vincent de Paul (French Catholic Saint)
You need to try to do the impossible, to anticipate the unexpected. And when the unexpected happens, you should double the efforts to make order from the disorder it creates in your life. The motto I’m advocating is—Let chaos reign, then rein chaos. Does that mean that you shouldn’t plan? Not at all. You need to plan the way a fire department plans. It cannot anticipate fires, so it has to shape a flexible organization that is capable of responding to unpredictable events.
—Andrew Grove (Hungarian-born American Businessperson)
Changing your mind is one of the most difficult things we do. It is far easier to fool yourself into believing a falsehood than admit a mistake.
—Morgan Housel (American Financial Journalist, Investor)
Timing the [stock] market is a fool’s game, whereas time in the market is your greatest natural advantage.
—Nick Murray (American Financial Consultant)
The most positive men are the most credulous, since they most believe themselves, and advise most with their falsest flatterer and worst enemy,—their own self-love.
—Alexander Pope (English Poet)
To whom much has been given, much is expected.
—The Holy Bible (Scripture in the Christian Faith)
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
—Leo Aikman (American Columnist)
Charity begins at home and justice begins next door.
—Charles Dickens (English Novelist)
The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst.
—Martina Navratilova (Czech-born American Sportsperson)
In expert tennis, 80% of the points are won, while in amateur tennis, 80% are lost. The same is true for wrestling, chess, and investing: Beginners should focus on avoiding mistakes, experts on making great moves.
—Eric Falkenstein (American Economist, Investor)
To broaden your horizons, mix with people other than people from your own background (professional, cultural, social, academic, racial, ethnic, etc.) Most people prefer the company of other people from similar backgrounds. Birds of a feather do flock together.
—Marty Nemko (American Career Coach, Author)
A person with a flexible schedule and average resources will be happier than a rich person who has everything except a flexible schedule. Step one in your search for happiness is to continually work toward having control of your schedule.
—Scott Adams (American Cartoonist)
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
—Margaret Thatcher (British Head of State)
Expertise is great, but it has a bad side effect: It tends to create the inability to accept new ideas.
—Dean Williams (Australian Leadership Consultant)