Time drinketh up the essence of every great and noble action which ought to be performed but is delayed in the execution.
—The Panchatantra (Indian Collection of Fables)
In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.
—Rene Descartes (French Mathematician, Philosopher)
The real secret to success is enthusiasm.
—Walter Chrysler (American Engineer, Industrialist)
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
—T. E. Lawrence (British Soldier, Writer)
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
—William C. Durant (American Industrialist)
I’d rather be a great bad poet than a good bad poet.
—Ogden Nash (American Comic Poet)
Don’t give up. Defend your ideas, but be flexible. Success seldom comes in exactly the form you imagine.
—Martha Stewart (American Businesswoman)
History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
—Alexis de Tocqueville (French Historian, Political Scientist)
Man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out of the impossible.
—Max Weber (German Sociologist)
When you talk with famous scholars, the best thing is to pretend that occasionally you do not quite understand them. If you understand too little, you will be despised; if you understand too much, you will be disliked; if you just fail occasionally to understand them you will suit each other very well.
—Lu Xun (Chinese Writer)
A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.
—Arthur Ashe (American Tennis Player)
Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness.
—Athenaeus (Greek Grammarian, Author)
Regrets and recriminations only hurt your soul.
—Armand Hammer (American Entrepreneur, Businessman)
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
—Muhammad Ali (American Sportsperson)
Influence never dies; every act, emotion, look and word makes influence tell for good or evil, happiness or woe, through the long future of eternity.
—Thomas a Kempis (German Religious Writer)
For those trying to protect the past, it is a way of retaining power, status, money, a way a life, predictability, comfort, control, and a bunch of other things like that. It is a struggle against the inevitability of change.
—Brad Feld (American Entrepreneur, Investor)
A state of expectancy is a great assetl; a state of uncertainty—one moment thinking “perhaps” and the next moment thinking “I don’t know”—will never get desired results.
—Ernest Holmes (American New Thought Writer)