Hope is the thing with feathers|That perches in the soul|And sings the tune without the words|And never stops at all,||And sweetest in the gale is heard;|And sore must be the storm|That could abash the little bird|That kept so many warm.||I’ve heard it in the chillest land|And on the strangest sea,|Yet never, in extremity,|It asked a crumb of me.
—Emily Dickinson (American Poet)
What creates trust, in the end, is the leader’s manifest respect for the followers.
A coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave just one.
—Muriel Strode (American Author, Businesswoman)
To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
—William James (American Philosopher)
The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.
—Tom Peters (American Management Consultant)
I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
—Napoleon I (French Monarch)
Wanting to reform the wicked with nectar-sweet advice, is like trying to control an elephant with the pith of a lotus-stem, or cutting a diamond with delicate petals of the Shireesh flower, or sweetening the salty ocean with a drop of honey.
If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.
—Louis Brandeis (American Justice)
I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.
—Edmund Hillary (New Zealander Explorer)
What we get is what we expect.