~ Great Quotes ~
(and my personal Favorites)

Albert Einstein
(March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955)

German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics and one of the most prolific intellects in human history. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. His great intelligence and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with genius. Read more.
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
"Continuous efforts - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

Vince Lombardi
(June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970)

Professional football coach Vince Lombardi became a national symbol of single-minded determination to win. In nine seasons as the head coach of the previously moribund Green Bay Packers, Lombardi led the team to five NFL championships and to victory in the first two Super Bowls. At Fordham University, Lombardi played guard on the famous line known as the "Seven Blocks of Granite". He studied law at Fordham and had a brief career as a minor league football player before becoming a high school coach in 1939. After serving as an assistant coach in college and in the pros, he was hired as head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers in 1959. His Spartan training regimen and personal drive turned the Green Bay Packers from a team accustomed to defeat to the paragon of victory. He went on to become head coach, general manager and part owner of the Washington Redskins before dying of cancer in 1970. Read more
"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."
"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."

Babe Ruth
(June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970)

George Herman "Babe" Ruth (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed The Bambino and The Sultan of Swat, he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.6897), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand today. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. Read more
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.”

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Walt Disney
(December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966)

Walt Disney, the pioneer of animated cartoon films, displayed his creative talents at an early age. His interest in art let him to study cartooning through a correspondence school, and he later took classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. In the late 1920s, Disney recognized the potential for sound in cartoon films. He produced "Steamboat Willie," a cartoon short equipped with voices and music, and the character of Mickey Mouse was introduced to the public. During the economic hard times of the 1930s, Disney's cartoons captivated his audiences. His body of work firmly established him as the unparalleled master of feature-length animated films. Walt Disney was the recipient of 48 Academy Awards and seven Emmys. His creativity, ingenuity and ability to bring his fantasies to fruition continue to enchant all ages. Read more.
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
"If you dream it, you can do it."
"Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done, and done right."

Abraham Lincoln
(February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865)

     Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. Lincoln secured the Republican nomination and was elected president in 1860. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became the most quoted speech in American history. Six days after the surrender of Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee, Lincoln was assassinated by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre while watching the play Our American Cousin. Read more
"I do the best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
"Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today."
“It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Oscar Wilde
(October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900)

     Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.

Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States of America and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art", and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known personalities of his day.
"Marriage is nature's way of keeping us from fighting with strangers”

Winston Churchill
(November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965)

Sir Winston Churchill - author, orator and statesman - led Great Britain from the brink of defeat to victory as wartime prime minister.  Born in Oxfordshire England, in 1874, Churchill began serving his country as a military leader in World War I. As a member of Parliament, his repeated warnings of the menace of Hitler's Germany, combined with this aggressive and convincing oratory skills, resulted in his appointment to prime minister in 1939. He joined Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin in 1940 to shape Allied strategy in World War II. An intense patriot and romantic believer in his country's greatness, Churchill gave his people the strong leadership and devotion that ultimately led to Britain's military salvation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 for his book, The Second World War, and also was knighted the same year. Read more
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense"
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
"Continuous efforts - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."

Lou Holtz
(born January 6, 1937)

    Louis Leo "Lou" Holtz is a retired American football coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975), the University of Arkansas (1977–1983), the University of Minnesota (1984–1985), the University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), and the University of South Carolina (1999–2004), compiling a career record of 249–132–7. Holtz's 1988 Notre Dame team went 12–0 with a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion. Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Holtz also coached the New York Jets of the NFL during the 1976 season.
    Over the years, the slender, bespectacled Holtz has become known for his quick wit and ability to inspire players. He is often found as a guest on the popular Richmond, Virginia based Kain Road Radio. In 2005, Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst. On May 1, 2008, Holtz was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
     "Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it."
     "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
     "Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”

Mark Twain
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885),[2] the latter often called "The Great American Novel".

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother, Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise.[3] In 1865, his humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, and was even translated into classic Greek.[4] His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Read more

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."

(428–347 BC)

Philosopher and mathematician in Classical Greece. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition. Along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato laid the very foundations of Western philosophy and science. Read more

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

Brooks Robinson

Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. (born May 18, 1937) is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire 23-year major league career for the Baltimore Orioles (1955–1977), which still stands as the record for the longest career spent with a single team in major league history. He batted and threw right-handed, though he was a natural left-hander. Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" or "Mr. Hoover", he is considered one of the greatest defensive third basemen in major league history. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career, tied with pitcher Jim Kaat for the second-most all-time for any player at any position. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

"It's a pretty sure thing that the player's bat is what speaks loudest when it's contract time, but there are moments when the glove has the last word."

"If your're not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he'll be ready to take your job."

"I'll play out the string and leave baseball without a tear. A man can't play games his whole life." Read more

Bill Shankly

William Shankly (2 September 1913 – 29 September 1981) was a Scottish football player and manager, who is best known for his time as manager of Liverpool. Shankly laid foundations at Liverpool upon which his successors Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan were able to build by winning an unprecedented seven league titles and four European Cups in the ten seasons after Shankly retired in 1974.

Shankly came from a small Scottish mining community and was one of five brothers who played football professionally. He played as a ball-winning right-half and was capped twelve times for Scotland, including seven wartime internationals.

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” Read more



Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his death and became the basis of a philosophical doctrine known a Confucianism (circa 551-478 BC)

This philosopher lived nearly 2500 years ago in China Confucius quotes are still of high topicality. Confucius quotes are with their wisdom and intelligence full of advice that can be followed easily.
"If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot."

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher born in Stagirus, northern Greece, in 384 BCE. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter he lived under a guardian's care. At eighteen, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven. His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedonia, tutored Alexander the Great between 356 and 323 BCE. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, “Aristotle was the first genuine scientist in history. ... Every scientist is in his debt.”


Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.”

W.C. Fields

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it."

Dalai Lama

(1935 -)
"You are the people who are shaping a better world. One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion."

Florence Nightingale

"For what is Mysticism? It is not the attempt to draw near to God, not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition? Is it not merely a hard word for 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within'? Heaven is neither a place nor a time."

Helen Keller

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched...but are felt in the heart."

John F. Kennedy

     John F. Kennedy was elected the 35th president of the United States at the age of 43 - the youngest man and first Roman Catholic ever elected.
    Kennedy graduated from Harvard University in 1936 and joined the U.S. Navy shortly before World War II.  While on active duty in the Pacific, the Japanese destroyed the boat under his command, PT 109.  Despite a back injury, Kennedy showed great heroism in rescuing his crew.
     After holding seats in both the House and Senate, Kennedy was elected president in 1960.  His style, charisma and oratory won him admiration at home and abroad, but his life was tragically cut short by an assassin's bullet in 1963.  His major accomplishments include the formation of the Peace Corps and his deft handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  His book, Profiles in Courage, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957.
     "We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which people dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard."

Andrew Carnegie

     Andrew Carnegie stands as the embodiment of entrepreneurial success and civic responsibility.  He believed in hard work and put that belief into motion at an early age.  He came to America with his family from Scotland in 1848 and started work at age 13 as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory for $1.25 a week.  Carnegie never stopped working and soon moved on to the telegraph office for the railroad.
     Recognizing the needs of the growing railroad industry, Carnegie borrowed money and invested his small salary in both oil and steel.  The return on these investments would culminate in the formation of the mammoth Carnegie Steel Company.
     The sale of his steel company made Carnegie one of the wealthiest individuals of his time.  He used his huge fortune to lead the way in establishing many cultural, educational and scientific institutions.  The Carnegie Corporation, founded in 1911, sponsored the creation of thousands of public libraries throughout the world.
     "There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves.  You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself."
     "As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do."

Stephen R. Covey

Author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.”
“To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
“Start with the end in mind. ”
“We are free to choose our actions, . . . but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.”
“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

Anthony Robbins

Motivational Speaker
"Most people fail in life because they major in minor things."
"A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.”
"All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.”
"Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.”
"Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you.”
"Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers."
"If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results."


Theodore Roosevelt

     Soldier, statesman, writer and explorer, Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th president of the United States.  His enormous energy and zest for life made him one of America's most flamboyant leaders.
     Roosevelt served as assistant secretary of the Navy before resigning in 1898 to fight in Cuba.  Returning as something of a war hero, he easily was elected governor of New York.  He then served as vice president of the United States and took office after President William McKinley's assassination in 1901.
     Roosevelt greatly expanded the powers of the presidency and of the federal government on the side of public interest in conflicts between big business and big labor.  He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for mediating the end of the Russo-Japanese War and promoted the construction of the Panama Canal.  A devout naturalist, Roosevelt was responsible for setting aside thousands of acres of land to preserve what are today our national parks and forests.
     "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

Ray Kroc

     As founder of the McDonald's Corporation, Ray A. Kroc largely is responsible for revolutionizing the restaurant industry.  His persistence, diligence and faithfulness set the standard for modern business leadership.
     Kroc's opportunity for success came in the form of a small restaurant in San Bernardino, California, run by the McDonald brothers.  Their assembly-line method of serving hamburgers, French fries and milk shakes was simple but efficient.  Kroc knew that this concept would have a great appeal to consumers.
     The first of Kroc's McDonald's was opened April 15, 1955.  Kroc continued to expand by introducing a unique franchise system.  His methods and ideas about customer service have served as models for many different industries.
     Kroc's steadfast devotion to an idea brought him personal success and also allowed him to set up several charities and educational organizations.
     "You're only as good as the people you hire."
     "When you're green, you're growing; and when you're ripe, you start to rot."

Henry Ford

     "Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success."

Matt Talbot

     “GOD has a plan for me. It is hidden within me, just as the oak is hidden within the acorn, or the rose within the bud. As I yield myself more fully to God, His Plan expresses itself more perfectly through me. I can tell when I am in tune with it, for then my mind and my heart are filled with a deep inner peace. This peace fills me with a sense of security, with joy, and a desire to take the steps that are a part of the Plan.
     God's Plan for me is a perfect part of a larger Plan. It is designed for the good of all and not for me alone. It is a many-sided Plan and reaches out through all the people I meet. All the events and people who come into my life are instruments of the unfolding of this Plan.
     God has chosen those people He wants me to know, to love and to serve. We are continually being drawn to one another in ways that are not coincidental. I pray that I may become a better instrument to love and to serve and that I may become more worthy to receive the love and service of others.
     I ask the Father within me for only those things which He wants me to have. I know that these benefits will come to me at the right time and in the right way. This inner knowing frees my mind and heart from all fear, greed, jealousy, anger and resentment. It gives me courage and faith to do those things which I feel are mine to do. I no longer look with envy at what others are receiving. Therefore, I do not cut myself off from God, the giver of all good things.
     God's gifts to me can be many times greater than I am now receiving. I pray that I may increase my capacity to give, for I can give only as I receive, and receive only as I give.
     I believe that when I cannot do those things I desire to do, it is because God has closed one door only to leave ajar a better and larger door. If I do not see the door just ahead, it is because I have not seen, heard, or obeyed God's guidance. It is then that God uses the trouble of seeming failure which may result to help me face myself, and see the new opportunity before me.
     The real purpose of my life is to find God within my own mind and heart, and to help my fellowmen. I thank my Father for each experience which helps me to surrender my will to His Will. For only as I lose myself in the consciousness of His Great Presence can His Plan for my life be fulfilled."

Thomas Edison

     "Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

Mother Teresa

     "If we were humble nothing would change us - neither praise nor discouragement.  If someone were to criticize us, we would not feel discouraged.  If someone were to praise us, we also would not feel proud."

Sylvester Stallone

     "I am not the smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeeded because I keep going, and going, and going."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

     "The reward of a thing well done is to have done it."

Golda Meir

     Golda Meir was a founder of the State of Israel and served as its fourth prime minister (1969-74).  Born in Kiev, the Ukraine, in 1898, she emigrated to Wisconsin in 1906.  Her political activity began as a leader in the Milwaukee Labor Zionist Party.
     After emigrating to Palestine in 1921, she held key posts in the Jewish Agency and in the World Zionist Organization.  After Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948, she served as minister of labor and then foreign minister.  She was appointed prime minister in 1969.
     During her administration, she worked for a peace settlement in the Middle East using diplomatic means.  Her efforts at forging peace were halted by the outbreak of the fourth Arab-Israeli War.  She resigned her post in 1974 but remained an important political figure.  Her true strength and spirit were emphasized when, after her death in 1978, it was revealed that she had suffered from leukemia for 12 years.
     "You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
     "A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader."
     "Old age is like a plane flying through a storm.  Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

     Martin Luther King, Jr. used his strong personality and eloquent oratory to spearhead the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.  A Baptist minister, King began his civil rights activities in 1955 with the successful boycott of the segregated bus system in Montgomery, Alabama.
     He founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 in an effort to mobilize the nonviolent struggle against racism and discrimination.  On August 28, 1963, the massive "March on Washington" culminated in 200,000 Americans of all races gathering at the Lincoln Memorial to hear King speak.
     The movement won a major victory in 1964 when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, and King became the youngest man ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  The world lost a towering symbol of liberty and justice when an assassin's bullet claimed his life in 1968.
     "If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."

Irish proverb

     "The work praises the man."