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Great Thoughts and Quotes

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” The above speech by Nelson Mandela.

The Don’t Quit presentation is based on a famous poem which was written many years ago. The author of this poem is unknown. Sadly, in recent years a number of people have claimed ownership of the poem and some have even claimed to have written it themselves!

Here is the original poem in it’s entirety:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown

Quotations about Leadership

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

George S. Patton

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

Warren G. Bennis

“The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”

James Crook

“If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.”

Thomas Fuller

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”

Rosalynn Carter

“A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.”

David Gergen

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”

Sam Walton

“The real leader has no need to lead–he is content to point the way.”

Henry Miller

Quotations about Hope & Dreams

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, It is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

“Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.”

Unknown

“Never let yesterday’s disappointments overshadow tomorrow’s dreams.”

Unknown

“To those who can dream there is no such place as faraway.”

Unknown

“A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.”

Unknown

“We judge of man’s wisdom by his hope.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can often measure a person by the size of his dream.”

Robert H. Schuller

“When you reach for the stars, you may not get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud, either.”

Unknown

“The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success in larger terms and in more fruitful areas.”

Melvin Powers

“It may be those who do most, dream most.”

Stephen Leacock

Quotations about Enthusiasm

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.”

Sir Winston Churchill

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.”

Isaac Disraeli

“A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”

Charles Schwab

“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go farther than a great idea that inspires no one.”

Mary Kay Ash

“Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant.”

Charles A. Cerami

“Flaming enthusiasm backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

Dale Carnegie

“In the end, the size of a person’s accomplishment can best be measured by the size of their heart.”

Unknown

Quotations about

“Just because something is easy to measure doesn’t mean it’s important.”

Seth Godin

“Selling to people who actually want to hear from you is more effective than interrupting strangers who don’t.”

Seth Godin

“Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.”

Andrew Carnegie

Quotations about Success

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”

Ray Goforth

“Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

Booker T. Washington

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

Andre Gide

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

Babe Ruth

“Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure.”

Brian Tracy

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison

“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable pre-requisite for success”

Brian Tracy

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

Helen Keller

“There is no failure. Only feedback.”

Unknown

“Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate.”

John Maxwell

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