Monday, May 02, 2005

Goal and Motivation Quotes

  ~Life's Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Life is full of obstacle illusions.  ~Grant Frazier It is never too late to be who you might have been.  ~George Eliot Success is 10% inspiration, 90% last-minute changes.  ~From a billboard advertisement Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.  ~Woody Allen To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.  ~Eva Young The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.  ~Author Unknown The impossible is often the untried.  ~Jim Goodwin The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.  ~Vance Havner I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.  ~Henry Ford When I was a Boy Scout, we played a game when new Scouts joined the troop.  We lined up chairs in a pattern, creating an obstacle course through which the new Scouts, blindfolded, were supposed to maneuver.  The Scoutmaster gave them a few moments to study the pattern before our adventure began.  But as soon as the victims were blindfolded, the rest of us quietly removed the chairs.  I think life is like this game.  Perhaps we spend our lives avoiding obstacles we have created for ourselves and in reality exist only in our minds.  We're afraid to apply for that job, take violin lessons, learn a foreign language, call an old friend, write our Congressman - whatever it is that we would really like to do but don't because of personal obstacles.  Don't avoid any chairs until you run smack into one.  And if you do, at least you'll have a place to sit down.  ~Pierce Vincent Eckhart Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try.  ~Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back Don't waste time learning the "tricks of the trade."  Instead, learn the trade.  ~Attributed to both James Charlton and H. Jackson Brown, Jr. One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.  ~Jack Penn There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.  ~Beverly Sills If it came true, it wasn't much of a dream.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 Of course I'm ambitious.  What's wrong with that?  Otherwise you sleep all day.  ~Ringo Starr Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne Hell!  There ain't no rules around here!  We're trying to accomplish somep'n.  ~Thomas Alva Edison A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.  ~Andre Gide Nothing interferes with my concentration.  You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up.  Well, maybe once.  ~Isaac Asimov The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996 The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.  ~Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, Marquise du Deffand, letter to Jean Le R


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