Men would live exceedingly quiet if these two words, mine and thine were taken away.
—Anaxagoras (Greek Philosopher)
Losses have propelled me to even bigger places, so I understand the importance of losing. You can never get complacent because a loss is always around the corner. It’s in any game that you’re in—a business game or whatever—you can’t get complacent.
—Venus Williams (American Tennis Player)
A country’s greatness lies in its undying ideals of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race.
—Sarojini Naidu (Indian Feminist, Poet)
I did not think; I investigated.
—Wilhelm Roentgen (German Physicist)
Whoever honors his own sect and disparages another man’s whether from blind loyalty or with the intention of showing his own sect in a favorable light, does his own sect the greatest possible harm. Concord is best, with each hearing and respecting the other’s teachings.
—Ashoka (Emperor of India, Patron of Buddhism)
In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.
—Guy Debord (French Philosopher)
Perhaps time’s definition of coal is the diamond.
—Khalil Gibran (Lebanese-born American Philosopher)
Just because you can prove someone wrong, doesn’t mean you should.
—Marty Nemko (American Career Coach, Author)
Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
—Yoko Ono (Japanese Artist, Musician)
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
—John Maynard Keynes (English Economist)
Probably no greater honor can come to any man than the respect of his colleagues.
—Cary Grant (British-American Film Actor)
Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today’s world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs.
—Jack Welch (American Businessperson)
Facts by themselves are not great or small; it is the forces behind them that give them their real stature. Facts have value in so far as they are significant—significant of forces, of dynamic possibilities that work out in and through them. Facts in their outward form may even directly contradict the very forces that manifest through them or are embodied in them.
—Nolini Kanta Gupta (Indian Hindu Revolutionary)
Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you’re telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.
—Bill Cosby (American Actor)
Fear of life in one form or another is the great thing to exorcise.
—William James (American Philosopher)