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We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all.
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Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean that politics will not take an interest in you.
– Pericles
    For more on why these quotes are so important, see Responsibility.


I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.  I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.  And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House?

Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation?  Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love?  Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies?  No, sir, she has none.  They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other.

Our petitions have been slighted, our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne…we must fight!  I repeat it, sir, we must fight!  An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

The war is actually begun!  The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!  Our brethren are already in the field!  Why stand we here idle?  What is it that gentlemen wish?  What would they have?

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty – or give me death!


– speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, on March 23, 1775
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Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
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The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.
– Patrick Henry


Where the people fear the government you have tyranny.  Where the government fears the people you have liberty.
– John Basil Barnhill, 1914


The destructive work of totalitarian machinery, whether or not this word is used, is usually supported by a special kind of primitive social philosophy.  It proclaims not only that the common good of “society” has priority over the interests of individuals, but that the very existence of individuals as persons is reducible to the existence of the social "whole"; in other words, personal existence is, in a strange sense, unreal.  This is a convenient foundation for any ideology of slavery.
– Leszek Kolakowski, "Totalitarianism and the Virtue of the Lie" (1983)


The American notion [is] that the end of government is liberty, not happiness or prosperity, or power, or the preservation of an historic inheritance, or the adaptation of national law to national character, or the progress of enlightenment and the promotion of virtue; [and] that the private individual should not feel the pressure of public authority, and should direct his life by the influences that are within him, not around him.
– Lord Acton (1834 - 1902), "The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty"


Here I stand. I can do no other.
– Martin Luther


Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.
– Sharon Salzberg


Every time we go into the voting booth, we are choosing the moral and spiritual direction of our nation. That is a privilege and responsibility that should not be abdicated.
– Robert Jeffress


A generation which ignores history has no past – and no future.
– Robert Heinlein


History repeats itself. That is one of the things wrong with history.
– Darrow's Observation


Tomorrow is the most important thing. ... It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.
– John Wayne


America is not a racist country.  Anyone claiming otherise has a vested interest in keeping us divided. The easiest way to maintain power over any group is to keep those within it at war with one another.
– Candace Owens


Leftism is not about reason, rights or serenity.  It's about group-think, hatred and violence.  Force is their only argument.  Don't try to persuade a Democrat.  They're all beyond reason.  Just stop them.
– Dr. Michael Hurd


American leadership is necessary for a peaceful and just world.
– former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley


Supporting our bedrock principles isn't a partisan position. It’s an American position.
– Susan Collins, U.S. Senator from Maine


"If a man neglects to enforce his rights, he cannot complain if, after a while, the law follows his example."
– Oliver Wendell Holmes


When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.
– Thomas Sowell


Adversity is our mother, Prosperity our step-mother.
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Government should be set up so that no man need be afraid of another. – from The Spirit of Laws
– Charles de Montesquieu


God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
– Daniel Webster


To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
    For more on why this quote is so important, see Citizen Politicians.
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The business of America is business.
– Calvin Coolidge


Capitalism is the only economic system which anyone honestly can point to and say, "it has made substantive progress toward its seemingly utopian aims."
– Ralph Benko and Bill Collier, The Capitalist Manifesto


The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.
– Charles-Louis De Secondat


Considering the Democrat Party derives its power from a victim society, what is their motivation to pass legislation which solves that?
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Don't predict the future – create it.
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In the final year of Obama's Presidency, we lost 17,000 manufacturing jobs he claimed were NEVER coming back. In the 1st year of the Trump Presidency, we've added 171,000 new manufacturing jobs!
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No wonder the economy suffers under Democrats. They think business is inherently evil run by inherently evil men and women. Listen to Schumer's and Bernie's comments today. Their HATRED for American business seethes from within them.
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In a way I feel sorry for the Left. What must it be like to wake up one day and realize everything you believe in and worked for was wrong?
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A criminal nature will cheat even when they don't need to because it gives them pleasure in their twisted minds.
– Bill Mitchell



– Dr. Michael Hurd


Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
– Nelson Mandela
    For more on why this quote is so important, see Education.


Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causus
Happy the one who finds the why of things.
– Virgil


We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
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Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
– Albert Einstein


Other countries care for their mentally ill.  Making them debate on TV is just cruel.
– Andy Borowitz


Fools take no delight in understanding, but only in displaying what they think.
– Proverbs 18:2


It is the triumph of reason to get on well with those who possess none.
– Hari Seldon, as recorded in Foundation's Fear, by Gregory Benford


First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out –
        Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out –
        Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
        Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me –
        and there was no one left to speak for me.
– Pastor Martin Niemφller


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.


It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.
- William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England


Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
- Ida B. Wells


The honor of simply being an American – a child not of old borders and ancient alliances, but of ideals and liberty.
– Brian Meade and Don Yaeger, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, page 62


America is the shining city on the hill.
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If not now, when?   If not us, who?
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A nation without borders is not a nation.
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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
– Ronald Reagan, others


Inside every Progressive is a Totalitarian screaming to get out.
– David Horowitz


A European is disarmed in the face of a dictatorship: he may hate it, but he feels that he is wrong and, metaphysically, the State is right. An American would rebel to the bottom of his soul.
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When a government holds arbitrary control over the economy, it will necessarily act unjustly, because it will be using force in favor of one group of people at the expense of others.
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By what conceivable right can anyone demand that a human being exist for anything but his own joy?
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Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
– Ayn Rand


Liberty is the very idol of my soul, the parent of virtue, the nurse of heroes, the dispenser of general happiness....
– Arthur Lee


But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
– John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775
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Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people....
– John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765



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But of all the views of this law none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty. For this purpose the reading in the first stage, where they will receive their whole education, is proposed, as has been said, to be chiefly historical. History by apprising them of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.
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I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
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The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
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I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
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The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
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The natural progress is for government to advance and liberty to yield.
– Thomas Jefferson


I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.
– Thomas Sowell


It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on not understanding it.
– Upton Sinclair


If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
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Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
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Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb.
– Benjamin Franklin


Respect for "the system" is what provides a stable civilization.
– Scott Adams


You are the Leader you have been waiting for.
– Maria Shriver


The best thing you can do as a father is to make sure your kids see how much you love their mother.
– Matthew McConaughye


Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
– Henry Ford


You have to expect progress to be made.
– Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician for Mercury, Gemini, Apollo projects
      Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly, page 245


If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you are doing.
– W. Edwards Deming


All changes have to overcome the inertia of a conservative class.
– generalized paraphrasing of statement by A. T. Mahan,
   The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783, page 10


The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.
– Oren Harari



– Honda motorcycle ad, 1982


Be brave enough to fail at something new.
– John Acuff


You only need one person who is brave and might seem like a fool in the beginning to start a movement.
– Alec Joannou


Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
– Apple ad, 1997


Rebels revel in rewriting reality's restrictions.
– Ryan Lilly


As human beings, we're constantly evaluating our paths – our dreams, our fears, and the simple truth that fulfillment always lies just beyond the veil of what we perceive our limitations to be.
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We all struggle, and it's who we decide to become on the other side of struggle that defines our lives and our paths.
– Grant Korgan
        as recorded in Shattered Spine, Unbreakable Spirit, Flying magazine, August 2019


She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings.
–
Atticus


There are always possibilities.
– Spock, as recorded in Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan
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What you want is irrelevant. What you have chosen is at hand!
– Spock, as recorded in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country


A lot of people go through life never quite understanding that if things aren't as wonderful as they should be, it's their own fault.
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Life is too short to be living someone else's dream.
– Hugh Hefner


We want our country to be a sanctuary for law-abiding citizens.
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We were born free, and we will stay free.
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If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. If you want peace, love your Nation.
– President Donald Trump


Socialism means turning over your freedom to your government.
– Tyler Durden


Poverty has no causes. Only prosperity has causes.
– Jane Jacobs
    To see in action how true this quote is, and why, see America Rebounds!


With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
– Thomas Fowell Burton, politician and abolitionist


Only three more days 'til Monday!
– Dennis Thompson, on Friday


I believe in spending what you have to. But I also believe in not spending more than you should.
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Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
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The worst of times often create the best opportunities to make good deals.
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You need advertising the most when people aren't buying.
– Donald Trump, The Art Of the Deal


The most important thing in life is to love what you are doing, because that is the only way you will ever be good at it.
– Fred Trump, as recorded in The Art Of the Deal, by Donald Trump


Do what you love, but be damned sure it's profitable. If you do work you love, but it doesn't generate income, your business will fail. If you do work you hate, but it generates income, your health will fail... and your business along with it. If you can't do what you love and make it profitable, you've either got a hobby or a headache, not a sustainable business. Don't settle for anything less than passion and profit.
– Steve Pavlina


Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.
– Yoshimi Ishikawa


The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.
– James Burgh, 1774


The right of the people to keep and bear... arms shall not be infringed.
– James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789


A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined.
– George Washington, in his first State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1790


It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
– Samuel Adams


As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, but that America gave him the White House based on the same credentials.
– Newt Gingrich


Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
– John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton


Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.
– The Who, Won't Get Fooled Again


Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
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When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
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People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous.
– Edmund Burke


Change before you have to.
– Jack Welch


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
– Arthur C. Clarke


Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
– Emperor Cleon I, as recorded in Foundation's Fear, by Gregory Benford


Managers do things right – while leaders do the right thing.
– Hunter Harrison, CEO of four railroads, as quoted in Railroader, by Howard Green, 2018


Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.
– Socrates



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Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.
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If you are going through hell, keep going.
– Winston Churchill


Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
– from the book Dune, by Frank Herbert


Don't deduce their intentions by your fears.
– from "Getting to Yes", by Roger Fisher and William Ury


Folks in those stories had lots of chances to turn back, and they didn't. They kept going, because they were holding onto something [...] that there's some good in this world. [...] And it's worth fighting for.
– Samwise Gamgee, as recorded in The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien


Oh I know they make fun of me, but all these years the people have thought the joke was on me, but it’s actually on them.  I am sure of myself as a person.  I am sure of my talent.  I’m sure of my love for life and that sort of thing.  I am very content, I like the kind of person that I am.  So, I can afford to piddle around and do-diddle around with makeup and clothes and stuff because I am secure with myself.
– Dolly Parton


The Man in the Arena
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
– Theodore Roosevelt


I follow up the quest despite of day and night and death and hell.
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

To Dream the Impossible Dream

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
        To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a Heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star
   
– Joe Darion from Man of la Mancha (1972)


Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
– Aristotle


Sometimes, flying feels too God-like to be attained by man.  Sometimes the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see.
– Charles A. Lindbergh


The Wright brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing.  The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.
– Bill Gates


The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious.  And why shouldn't it be?  It is the air the angels breathe.
– Mark Twain


There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.
– Wilbur Wright


The air is the only place free from prejudice.
– Bessie Coleman


Sometimes things are bigger than you, and the best you can hope for is to keep your wings level and have a little patience and a little luck.
– Warren "Wally" Simpson


Built into the human psyche we have the desire for liberty.  I think with many people the airplane becomes the metaphor for liberation, for the ultimate sense of freedon.
– Rob Machado


The good thing about flying solo is it's never boring.
– Steve Fossett


When once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you long to return.
– Leonardo da Vinci

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A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon the world.
– Albert Camus


Real integrity is doing the right thing knowing that nobody is going to know if you did it or not.
– Oprah Winfrey


No one is you and that is your power.
– Dave Grohl


Think for yourself.
– Joan Crosby



Socialism always needs a scapegoat – someone to blame for its lack of success. The failure of Socialism is inevitable, and Socialist rulers need to deflect the blame from thsmselves and their failed policies.
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Freedom cannot be imposed or granted by a sovereign. Freedom requires first of all that the individual is sovereign.
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Having been gained, freedom is protected by education.
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When you say that the rights of individuals should be abrogated, it is only fair that such an imposition should first be placed upon yourself.
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Regimentation fails to take into account the value of thinking, reason, and knowledge.
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You can have freedom, or you can have socialism. Each one destroys the possibility of the other.
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The freedom which is an American's Right places him above any titled "nobleman", any king, for he has something which they can never possess.
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Politically, Freedom – and a government to protect it – is the most important thing.
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A proper government exists only because it is authorized by its citizens with its sole purpose being to protect their rights.
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Courage is knowing when fear is bad advice.
– Scott Crosby



Graffiti -- i.e., quotes whose author I do not know




Socialism takes, Capitalism creates

When you vote, you control the government.
When you don't, the government controls you.

When government takes away citizens' right to bear arms it becomes citizens' duty to take away government's right to govern.

Corruptio Optima Pessima – Corruption of the best is the worst.

Don't worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.

"Dead last finish" is greater than "Did not finish", which trumps "Did not start".

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

Don't look back; you're not going that way.

"Obsessed" is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.

Luck favors the prepared.

Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, "Get the hell out of my way, I've got things to do."

What did you do today to bring yourself one step closer to your goal?

Defeat your enemies with success.

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.

You don't always get what you wish for, you get what you work for.

Innovation is not just something new.
Innovation is something that adds additional value.

Success is not having a good idea.
Success is implementing a good idea.

Work smarter, not harder.

Champions are made in the off-season.

Excuses are for people who don't want it bad enough.

Don't let someone who gave up on his dreams talk you out of going after yours.

If you want something you've never had, then you've got to do something you've never done.

To keep doing the same thing and expect different results is insanity.

If you're searching for that one person who will change your life…take a look in the mirror.

Three Simple Rules In Life
1. If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be "No."
3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.

In life you are either a passenger or a pilot ... it is your choice.

We are participants, not spectators.

Some days you get the bear; some days the bear gets you.

Love what you have, before life teaches you to love what you have lost.

When I was five years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "Happy."
They told me I didn't understand the assignment.
I told them they didn't understand life.

The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.


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