Category: Favorite Quotes & Stories

Nikola Tesla – Foretelling a Wireless, Connected Future

"When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. ...

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Daugherty – Churn

"Churn is like a leaky boat.  You can bail water (more new customers) and/or work on the leak (happier customers)." - Gordon Daugherty

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Henry Ford – Foretelling

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right" - Henry Ford

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Unknown – Taking Initiative

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now." – Chinese Proverb

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Aristotle – Learning

"Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain." – Aristotle (Greek philosopher, 384-322 B.C.)

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Edison – Persistence

"I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2,000-step process." – Thomas Edison (inventor)

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Roddick – Achievement

"At one point in your life you'll have the things you want or the reasons why you don't." – Andy Roddick (professional tennis player with 32 career titles)

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Churchill – Optimism

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." – Sir Winston Churchill (there is controversy as to whether he actually said this)

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Eisenhower – Planning

"No battle was ever won according to plan, but no battle was ever won without one." (Related: "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but...

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Colten – Imitation

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" – Charles Caleb Colton, 1820       Note:  Similar versions of this quote can be found as far back as 1708: "You...

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Ben Franklin – Planning

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail" – Benjamin Franklin

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Naval Ravikant – Desire

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.”  – Naval Ravikant (serial entrepreneur, angel investor)

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Einstein – Simplicity

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" – Albert Einstein Note:  There is some dispute about whether Einstein actually wrote or said this.  Lord Rutherford...

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Mark Twain – Vigor

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Mark Twain

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Friedrich Nietzsche – Strength

"That which does not kill me makes me stronger" (German: "Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich starker") - Friedrich Nietzsche (from Maxims and Arrows)

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Da Vinci – Simplicity

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo de Vinci

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Unknown – Preparation

"Measure twice, cut once" - Unknown (English proverb) - H. Ross Perot (US Presidential debate, Oct 1992) - C. Gordon Daugherty III, M.D.

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Unknown – A Turn in the Road

blank line "A turn in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn."

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A Quote Defining Luck

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" - Seneca (1st century Roman philosopher) - Abraham Lincoln - Darryl Royal (former UT football head coach) - Oprah Winfrey

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Wayne Gretzky – Take the Shot

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take." - Wayne Gretzky

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Shakespeare – Cowards, Valiants & Death

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.  Of all the wonders that I yet have heard it seems to me most strange...

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Bobby Knight – Will to Win

“Everyone has a will to win.  What’s far more important is having the will to PREPARE to win.” – Bobby Knight

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Unknown – Story About an Opportunist

Many years ago, a large American shoe manufacturer sent two sales reps out to different parts of the Australian outback to see if they could drum up some business among…

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Mark Twain – Fatherhood

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be 21, I was…

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Voltaire – Ideas of the Time

“Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives.  Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.” – Voltaire (1700’s)

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George Patton – Success

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom” – General George Patton

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Steve Jobs – Focus

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on.  But that’s not what it means at all.  It means saying no to the hundred other good…

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