Inspiring Quotes

Personal Development


"Wanderer, your footsteps are the path, and nothing else; wanderer, there is no path, the path is made by walking." – Antonio Machado

"If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperilled in every single battle" – Sun Tzu

"Everybody has prejudices, but only by facing them, can we fight them." – Margareta Wadstein, Swedish Ombudsman for Ethnic Discrimination

Analysis and Problem Solving


"Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them." – Henry Ford

"A problem well put is half solved." – John Dewey

"If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions." – Albert Einstein

"Be passionate about solving the problem, not proving your solution." – Nathan Furr

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." – Edward de Bono

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." –Henry Ford

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." – Albert Einstein

Communicating


"The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point." – Claude Shannon

"If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now" – Woodrow T. Wilson

"People who know what they are talking about don"t need Powerpoint" – Steve Jobs

"The body is the unconscious mind." – Candace Pert

"Audiences forget facts, but they remember stories." – Ian Griffin

"If you"re going to tell people the truth, you"d better make them laugh. Otherwise, they'll kill you." – George Bernard Shaw

"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." – Joseph Priestley

Delivering Quality and Results


"In 1880, about nine out of 10 workers made and moved things; today, that is down to one out of five. The other four are knowledge people or service workers." – Peter Drucker

"Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it." – Peter Drucker

"Always give people more than what they expect to get." – Nelson Boswell

"The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don"t waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding." – Lorii Myers

"Initiative is doing the right thing without being told." – Victor Hugo

"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it." – Moliere

"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." – W. Edwards Deming

Learning and Development


"The genius of our brain"s construction is not that it contains a lot of hardwiring, but that it doesn"t" – Nicholas Carr

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." – Mahatma Gandhi

"What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence." – Samuel Johnson

"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts." – Nikki Giovanni

"While we teach, we learn" – Seneca

Prioritising and Organising


"Crash programs fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in one month"– Werner Von Braun

"The first law of success is concentration – to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right or to the left." – William Mathews

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Resilience


"The difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing." – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and change." – Anonymous

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." – Richard Steele

"Optimism is a moral duty" – Immanuel Kant

"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." – Leonard Bernstein

"You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." – Marcus Aurelius

Working with Others


"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." – G.B. Shaw

"It takes two flints to make a fire" – Louisa May Alcott

"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side." – Margaret Carty

"Two monologues do not make a dialogue." – Jeff Daly

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." – Goethe

"Nice Guys have a difficult time comprehending that in general, people are not drawn to perfection in others. People are drawn to shared interests, shared problems, and an individual"s life energy." – Robert Glover

Leadership


"A leader is a dealer in hope" – Napoleon Bonaparte

"I have a dream" – Martin Luther King Jr.

"The art of communication is the language of leadership." – James Humes

"Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement." – Daniel H. Pink

"Treat someone as he wants to be and he will become that person" – Goethe

"I praise loudly, I blame softly" – Catherine The Great

"Give, and it will be given to you" – Luke 6:38

"You are what you do, not what you say you"ll do." – C.G. Jung


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