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  1. 1. What is your favorite quote? And why? What is your favorite quote? And why? A COMPILATION OF QUOTES THAT HAVE INSPIRED US… ALONG WITH OUR PERSPECTIVES Compiled by Arun Vemuri 1
  2. 2. What is your favorite quote? And why? Arun has succeeded to give us a common purpose with the favorite quote thread. It allied thousands of people generously sharing their best. A brilliant demonstration of networking. A brilliant demonstration of team spirit as well. You could see it when somebody came to threaten the process. They were quickly taken care of and neutralized. I enjoy the quotes coming from the fine people of a rare breed who shaped the world as we know the brightest side of it. They symbolize a concentrate of wisdom that touches the core in us, beyond race or religion. Most of them were not pure wordsmithery but the symbol of a eventful and meaningful life. Many a time, I could hilariously giggle for minutes and keep the mood for the hour or the day and at other times I would get into a meditative mode. Of course some quotes that seemed to mean much to many, meant little to me. That‘s the good side of diversity. I must confess, my email inbox was getting out of control with the LinkedIn messages from this thread and my blackberry chimed (too) many times. I considered stopping to follow the discussion and even did for short whiles, but then I started missing it again. The ―What is your favorite quote? And why?‖ goes on. If anything, I think it‘s been speeding up recently. So this titanic work will have to be updated fairly soon. Thank you Arun and the compiling team, for this wonderful project! For the rest of us, it is a lot of fun and a lot of learning. Mohamed Belarj Chief Executive Officer at Payment Systems Consulting ----------------------------- ―Here it is another GOOD example on how we human beings are so close and near to each other. Arun started a post and all of sudden he had persons around the world answering to his call. Was there any profit oriented motive? No. Just pure fun and joy of human participation! It is important to highlight that participants are persons with few time! It reinforces my feeling that we humans, we value more happiness concepts than profit as such! Which is good! Thank you and congratulations Arun and to ―your‖ TEAM that managed to make this e-book available for all of us! Keep on shinning to all of us so all of us can contribute for a better world!‖ Marco Cardoso Advisor of Board Members that are clients of CCO Consulting
  3. 3. What is your favorite quote? And why? "To Neeraja & Keertana" The best and continuing inspirations in my life
  4. 4. What is your favorite quote? And why? Table of Contents 1. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i 2. Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii 3. Quotations 1-50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 4. Inspiring Minds- Confucius . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 5. Quotations 51-100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 6. Inspiring Minds- William Shakespeare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 7. Quotations 101-150. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 8. Inspiring Minds- M. K. ‗Mahatma‘ Gandhi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 9. Quotations 151-200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 10. Inspiring Minds- Henry Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 11. Quotations 201-250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 12. Inspiring Minds- Albert Einstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 13. Quotations 251-300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 14. Inspiring Minds- Winston Churchill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 15. Quotations 301-350 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 16. Inspiring Minds- Helen Keller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 17. Quotations 351-400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 18. Inspiring Minds- Eleanor Roosevelt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 19. Quotations 401-450 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 20. Inspiring Minds- Theodor Seuss Geisel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 21. Quotations 451-488 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 22. Inspiring Minds- Martin Luther King Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 23. Quotation Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141 24. Reflections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 25. How you can be part of this discussion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147 26. A note about the E-book compilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148
  5. 5. What is your favorite quote? And why? I would like to take this opportunity to thank foremost all the contributors to the discussion ―What is your favorite quote? And Why?‖, thousands of them who have since the time the discussion was started; have contributed to this fountain-head of inspiration. I thank Linkedin© for providing the platform and opportunity to connect to with such great individuals from across the globe. Uma Nair, my colleague who helped me in the task of compilation, by copy, pasting the quotes from the discussion forum (Who said copy-pasting was easier!); Vishal Das my ex- colleague, for a fabulous design and the onerous task of fine-tuning, and Vidushi Gupta a fellow networker who has spent lots of hours in compiling, formatting and editing the final output; are three individuals who have made this book a reality. I also would like to thank Olivier Taupin and Dr Cris Wildermuth for setting up and running a great discussion group in Linkedin©: HR # 1 Group where I posted the discussion. I gratefully acknowledge Wikipedia, from where we have taken the write-ups about the personalities. I personally also like to thank Uday Acharya, Mohammed Belarj, Marco Cardoso, Dr Meredith Gardner, Brian Moore, Daniel John Roddy, Rajani Srikumar, Erika Vlatsson, Adrienne Williams, for their tremendous support, kind words and encouragement. I take the responsibility for any mistakes, typos, omissions, commissions etc. in this first edition. i
  6. 6. What is your favorite quote? And why? When faced with difficult questions or challenging situations in life like ―Where to go?‖, ―What to do‖? ―Which path to take?‖, ―Whether to end it all?‖ and such; I must admit that I did not have the desired success in silent reflections. I always paused to introspect, yes, but ultimately took recourse to a wise-saying, a quote or an anecdote to pick-me up and help me stay on course. The questions eventually begin to fade and the path one chooses and the journey one embarks upon takes over and becomes life. There is a tremendous sense of relief and a surge of elation that an appropriate quote brought to my mental state while facing despair or doom, which cannot be expressed in words; no amount of gratitude will pay back in kind, expect heading resolutely in the direction, the wise men who gave those quotes have pointed out. Nothing short of an elixir. And no road-map works better. Having experienced it myself, I set out 6 months ago, and asked my fellow travellers on Linkedin©, ―What is your favorite quote? And Why?‖
  7. 7. What is your favorite quote? And why? The response was tremendous. It took time to build up, but then it did. And How! From across the globe, a virtual bouquet of experiences and expertise from varied set of individuals started flowing in, making the discussion a vibrant fountain-head of inspiration. Illuminating and interesting contributions and perspectives with tremendous depth have enriched lives of many who have spent but few moments to drink from it. I have ambitiously attempted, with an amateur‘s passion and in his fashion, to bring it all together in a firm belief that it will impact positively the lives of those who come across this treasure-trove. I trust you will lend a helping hand in sharing and spreading the wisdom contained in here to others whose lives you want to help take a better turn. If you want to use it in your training sessions, or use them as screen-savers or posters, give it to colleagues, superiors or sub-ordinates; please go ahead and do it. Let a few minds open up to new horizons outside their comfort zones and more hearts inspire to realise the potential within. Arun Vemuri Mumbai, April 2010
  8. 8. What is your favorite quote? And why? – Latin Proverb
  9. 9. What is your favorite quote? And why? "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master 1. calls a butterfly" - Richard Bach It tells me that change is: - Inevitable, part of life - Painful and mostly leads to a situation where you may even lose your old identity but at the same time: - It is rewarding and gives you wings and - Opens the door for a beautiful world The choice is between hanging on to the past and ruing what's lost or bracing for the road ahead and profiting from it. And the decision is purely one's own and has to come from within! Arun Vemuri Life has taught me that indeed we are lucky most of the time when our prayers are not answered and we don‘t get what we pray for. Most of the time, it results in something even better and something which we just cant think of being so engulfed with our tensions and worries. Sanjay Kumar Ghoshal " If you miss a day, you will be always missing it! " 2. - Anonymous < i > Respect the value of Time. <ii > Time never comes back. < iii > Live in present - prepare for tomorrow taking lessons from yesterdays. As early you realize - as earlier you get groomed! Kumar Saurav "I cried because I had no shoes and then I saw the man with no 3. feet." - Persian Proverb Too many people whine about everything they don't have instead of being grateful for what they do have. What caused our present meltdown are people and companies wanting more and more and not being happy with the good they had, now no one has any good and we made quite as mess for ourselves to dig out of. Ellen Predham It always motivates me to remain grounded...Every time..!! Vidushi Gupta Page 1
  10. 10. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared 4. impossible before they were done." - Louis D. Brandeis, 20th Century Supreme Court Justice I love this quote because it speaks to human nature to explore, discover, invent, and seek new challenges and unwillingness to accept the status quo. Tina Perrin "Every morning in the jungles of Africa, a LION wakes up and says," I have to run faster than the fastest GAZELLE. Every morning in the jungles of Africa, a GAZELLE wakes up and says 5. " I have to run faster than the fastest LION" cuz in the jungles of Africa, it doesn’t matter if you are a LION or a GAZELLE, if its RUN. - Teague Allston These are such powerful lions that it almost works each time a conduct a workshop! Interpretations and meanings can be drawn are re very subjective. Prasad Dixit "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, 6. revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone." - Audrey Hepburn I guess that quote resonates because it says a lot in a memorable way about how we can and should go the extra mile when dealing with people and seeing the greatest possible value in each of them both personally and professionally. I will now gently step off my digital soapbox . . . Thanks for reading. Bob Cullen Page 2
  11. 11. What is your favorite quote? And why? " Hurt People, Hurts People " 7. - Bill Cosby Because it always remind me to -- a. be a nice person, coz b. it reflects yourself loud and clear. Rachmadi Gustrian,MM "First seek to understand, then seek to be understood". 8. - Stephen Covey A great lesson for anyone looking to influence the behaviour of others. Too often we start with our own agenda and try to force this on others. We have to start by understanding those we're interacting with. Andrew Thorp "Wayne, say what is on your mind. We will still be friends in 9. five minutes." - Spoken to me by a man who was the greatest solver of problems I have known. What it means to me is that even at opposing end in the heat of an argument, this man valued our friendship regardless what would be said. I have used this quote in a couple insistences, and we are still friends. Wayne Smith "Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of the 10. things that matter least." - Goethe I liked this one so much that it is the first quote in my new leadership book Water The Bamboo, Unleashing The Potential of Teams and Individuals. Greg Bell I like this quote as it keeps me focussed on my goal. Asha Rao Page 3
  12. 12. What is your favorite quote? And why? "One person with a belief is worth 99 people who have only 11. interests." - John Stuart Mill I believe this speaks to the dedication of one who truly dedicates themselves to the goal. I keep this sign at my desk. Karen Nieft "My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world." - George Bernard Shaw "For those who believe, no proof is necessary; for those who 12. don't believe, no proof is possible." - Stuart Chase "There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe They all speak to some way that I live my life. I am honest, I try not to argue, I don't suffer stupidity well, and I have been through quite a lot to make me stronger. Nikki Johnson "The greatest danger for us is not that we aim too high and fail 13. to achieve our goal, but we aim too low and we reach." - Michelangelo, sculptor, painter and architect of the Italian Renaissance. Speaks...that you can aim too low even on the ethical ... Roberto Morisi Page 4
  13. 13. What is your favorite quote? And why? "You can always count on the American people to do the right 14. thing. Once they have exhausted all of the alternatives." - Winston Churchill Churchill was one of the most quotable men who ever lived. His mother was American, so he knows from whence he spoke. He may have stumbled onto a major reason for our success. Our society is so free-wheeling and fast paced we can manage to work our way through the alternatives in record time. John Clark "It's never too late to be what you might have been." 15. - George Eliot This quote is framed on my office wall and reminds me to never stop living, experiencing, learning, growing. Don't just seize the day—seize the rest of your life! As BJ Gallagher highlights in the book she wrote after being inspired by this quote - you only go around once in this life, so why not live a life you love? Start now. Live now. Love now. Laugh now. Give full expression to who you really are. Go for that deferred dream—whether it's a new career, a new love, a new sport, or making yourself wealthy. You were put on this earth to be the best YOU that you can be. Melanie Kaplan, PHR "Life, my dear Patrick, is a banquet and most poor suckers are 16. starving to death...so LIVE, LIVE, LIVE" - Auntie Mame to nephew, Patrick. Illustrates perfectly that there is so-o much out there to experience and learn...never stop going back to the table to try something else. Barbara Garabedian "For all your days prepared, And meet them ever alike; When you 17. are the anvil, bear the blow; When you are the hammer, strike." - Edwin Markham. It helped me understand that the already difficult passages I had been through and to understand that there would be days that I could and would be the hammer! I've never lost that inspiration. Michael Chevalier Page 5
  14. 14. What is your favorite quote? And why? "I will study and prepare myself and one day my chance will 18. come." - Abraham Lincoln. It reinforces that no matter how "lucky" you are or what opposite come your way....if you're not prepared, it won't mean much. Lynn Ferrari Rodriguez "Strength lies in differences. Not in similarities." 19. - Stephen Covey My favourite quote of all time! This is ever so true in HR to effectively configure, understand, and implement HRD for your organization. Brandon Miller "It is not the strongest, swiftest, most ferocious who survive. It 20. is the most adaptable." - Charles Darwin One more that applies to about everything we do in business. It never stops being true, on an almost daily fashion, in anything I look at, from the news to private lives. Michael Chevalier It makes us put our ego aside and LISTEN for CHANGE! Jonathan McGuinness "I don't think about risks much. I just do what I want to do. If 21. you gotta go, you gotta go." - Lillian Carter I guess this quote describes my perspective towards life as I keep doing such things since long: VIK GARG Page 6
  15. 15. What is your favorite quote? And why? "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, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about 22. shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were 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.” - Marianne Williamson The message is clear - do not be common when you can be fantastically uncommon. When I do great things it compels others to do great things as well. Simple begets simple; GREAT begets great. Rusty Atkinson "Do, or do not. There is no try." 23. - Jedi Master Yoda Too many times in life we are stalled by thought rather than inspired by action. Matthew Sullivan This was in response to Luke, who was attempting to lift his star fighter from a swamp and who said he would "try" when having difficulty. It's all about attitude. Bradley George Page 7
  16. 16. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Being rich is having money, being wealthy is having time" 24. - Margaret Bonnan The lesson in this quote is very simple & yet it takes a lifetime to learn. Mike Perras, P.Mgr "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, 25. time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." - Alfred D Souza How many times have we put off life...until after I finish school, until I'm married, after I have kids, when the kids are older, when they are out of the house...in college...out of college...after I change jobs...after I retire? This quote really "hit home" when I first read it years ago. It's okay to have goals...and it's okay to have a life while I'm pursuing my goals. Marge McGee "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just 26. sit there." - Mark Twain. I use this to remind my self to get up and do something when I feel defeated, trying to make good things happen. Eve Luppert Page 8
  17. 17. What is your favorite quote? And why? “Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and 27. keep your foot on first base.” - Frederick Wilcox For me it reminds me I need to get out of my comfort zone to grow professionally and personally. Lance Moyer, PHR “Skate to where the puck is.” 28. - Wayne Gretzky It's all about the vision of the future, and not getting stuck in the present or the past. Rex Gale “It is what it is.” 29. - Anonymous People try to ignore their situation, wish it away, or stick their head in the sand. See the way it is, and take action to deal with it. Rex Gale "Whether You Think You Can or Can't, You're Right." 30. - Henry Ford Sort of self-explanatory...attitude is often everything, so instead of complaining that something can't be done; get out of the way of those doing it. Rex Gale I love this quote because it is about "belief". The sky's the limit whether you belief that or not, belief in yourself and you can achieve anything. Dean DiMonte Page 9
  18. 18. What is your favorite quote? And why? "That which does not kill us makes us stronger!" 31. - Friedrich Nietzsche This saying took me through two bouts of cancer, two previous layoffs, and my current downsizing. It reminds me I can get through anything and some good will come of it. Melanie Mornard, LSP I first heard the quote in the 80s, but it was graduate school that made it relevant! One can really appreciate the sentiment of this quote in retrospect! Robert Treat, Ph.D. "If a midget stands on the shoulders of a giant, he can't help 32. but be taller." - Karate saying This I learned in Karate back when I was young and skinny. It meant that there will always be people who know less than you that you need to help. And there will always be people who know more than you that you can learn from. And in the process, both will prosper. Melanie Mornard, LSP "There is no pain, only the pleasure of learning." 33. - Karate saying I usually heard that one right after missing a block. 0 : > Melanie Mornard, LSP "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." 34. - Groucho Marx First it makes you think and it also tells me that communication is tricky and we need to listen to the whole person not just the words. Mark LaBonde Page 10
  19. 19. What is your favorite quote? And why? "You'll keep going up, the moment you say I know everything 35. you'll start going down" - Myself Humbleness keeps going up, always increase your knowledge, learn from others... Ali Fathi Al-Sheikh Ahmed "Don't THINK you can, KNOW you can"… 36. - Morpheus in movie 'The Matrix' This shows, everybody can do anything but a few actually know this, the rest just think it Prakash Dudhat " The greatest sermons are never spoken" 37. - Anonymous It is not what we say -: but how we live. Ann Lough C.A.C. “The soul is healed by being with children” 38. - Fyodor Dostoevsky Reminds me to value the time I have with my young children. Mark Russell “Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people 39. who do things right.” - Warren G. Bennis After reviewing many of academic models on leadership and management; this quote captures the main essence and deference between the two. Joffre Miller, PHR, CAP Page 11
  20. 20. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Honesty is the best policy." 40. - Mark Twain Listen to your heart Uday Mhatre "Attitude is all that matters." 41. - Anonymous This is the only thing that leads to many and almost all areas to excel. Jayant Deshkar I have seen this really works. The right attitude leads you to the success and helps you overcome all the obstacles. Piyush Chaoudhary "Let's get busy." 42. - Dwight D. Eisenhower I like how it simplifies the largest and most dangerous undertakings in human history. Mat von Kroeker "Don't ASSUME (ass-u-me), cause it makes an ASS out of U 43. and ME" (please excuse the language) - heard this years ago in one of the negotiation training classes.. Sometimes we just assume things without really understanding what the other person really wanted to say. This often leads to misunderstandings - therefore better ask one more time instead of just assuming things... Gülay Kilic Page 12
  21. 21. What is your favorite quote? And why? "When is the last time you did something for the first time." 44. - Anonymous To me it speaks to getting out of your rut and trying something new. You can't change without change! Anne Warfield "Someone who never minds the odds will do what's right" 45. - an animated hamster delivering the line in a kid’s movie. Rhino I've found it tends to be the truth and found humour in. Stephanie Jenkins “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed 46. music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. First, this is just beautiful English. But beyond that, I think we often try to find "greatness" by looking for something beyond ourselves or our jobs, and what MLK is saying is that greatness is not doing something else, but doing this thing right here really, really well. Timothy Eavenson “If wishes were horses, beggars could ride.” 47. - John Ray It means you can want a lot of things, but you'll only get the ones you work for. So true. Jessica Huber (Kendall) Page 13
  22. 22. What is your favorite quote? And why? " Thoughts Make Your World" 48. - From the book ‘Secrets’ Beware of projection, or the tendency to cast suspicion on someone, simply because you have been recently duped. Or the tendency to think that people around you would understand your humour. Butch Fernando " Do one thing that scares you every day" 49. - Eleanor Roosevelt A nice challenge to keep me is focusing on improving me daily. Lisa Prosper “We can, because we think we can” 50. - Virgil This short but powerful quote is the road map to success in any endeavour. Orlando Mergal Page 14
  23. 23. What is your favorite quote? And why? Confucius literally "Master Kong was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher. He was born in 551 BCE in the Lu state. His teachings may be found in the Analects of Confucius, a collection of "brief aphoristic fragments". He was of the opinion that moderation was the only way to stay between life's extremes; each person in the world should maintain the respect of his or her position, such were his thoughts. For Confucius, family was very important and he believed that a man should always honour the relationship between master and servant, father and son, husband and wife, elder and younger siblings and two friends. Last but not the least, he urged people to honour the aged people. Confucianism concerns itself with the practical aspects of life, such as good manners, treating others kindly and enhancing family relations. Instead of being poetic about God or metaphysics, Confucius directed his teachings on moral and ethical grounds. Bothered about earthly matters, he rested his theory on two main ideas - being a true gentleman and having proper conduct. He stressed that a true gentleman is one who has five characteristics - integrity, righteousness, loyalty, altruism and goodness. As for proper conduct, the second most important foundation of Confucianism, a person should practice social decorum and rituals, as it is the quickest path to ethical growth. Confucius' thoughts have been developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism. Some of his famous Quotations:  Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.  Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.  I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.  Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.  Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.  By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart. Page 15
  24. 24. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Happiness is the absence of pursuing Happiness" 51. - Zunhai They underlay the complexity, simplicity and paradox of the human existence. Albert Armstrong "I know that you believe that you understood what you think I 52. said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant". - Robert McCloskey, State Department spokesman I think it is a wonderful reminder of how little people listen TO UNDERSTAND. I find it remarkable that within such a diverse society, with so many varying perspectives, that we all get along as well as we do. Nicole Darlaston “Live for today, Learn from yesterday, hope for tomorrow...” 53. - Albert Einstein I've always liked this and it keeps me grounded, Keith Nadeau “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we 54. have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” - Albert Pike I collect quotes and change my email quote monthly so this string of comments is especially interesting. I relate to this quote because it is a reminder that we are creating our legacy every day - and it connects to a life philosophy I follow, "What goes around comes around." Diane Lustenader, SPHR, CCP, GRP Page 16
  25. 25. What is your favorite quote? And why? "There is no limit to what can be accomplished when no one cares 55. who gets the credit." - John Wooden It's all about team work! Sean Melia "No person walks, had walked or will walk the same path I'm 56. walking" - Jorge Luis Borges I love it because ... it is true. We go through life living our own story, building our own buildings, achieving our own achievements and making our own mistakes. José Luis Guisa Cardona "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines 57. what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz I received in an email once and I liked it so much I printed it and taped it to my desk. Now I read it everyday. :-) Julie Kwasniak "Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be 58. understood." - Ralph Waldo Emerson This quote speaks to me from many vantage points but mostly from the point of regardless of where you are in your life, your circumstances, your situation, good or bad, life's lessons are a choice. We can choose to find meaning in the experience of life, every moment of every day. Todd Kaleto Page 17
  26. 26. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Because we don't know what is really important to us, everything seems important. Because everything seems important we have to do everything. Other people, unfortunately, see us as doing 59. everything so they expect us to do everything. Doing everything keeps us so busy we don't have time to think about what is really important to us." - Anonymous This quote made me stop and re-evaluate my life. I'm happy to report that everything I thought was important really wasn't and I'm super happy today! Rachel Merrifield "People in cardboard boxes should throw stones." 60. - Anonymous I like this quote for several reasons- mostly because it empowers the seemingly powerless. It was an obvious play on "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" but the message is greater- instead of telling people to keep quiet it urges them to take action and stand up for themselves. The greatest aspect of the quote for me is where I heard it, in the Financial District of Manhattan, near Wall St. I will say that personally I prefer non-violent means for change, but when all peaceful options are exhausted and the powerful minority refuses to correct the err of their own making the people will revolt. Jake Vogel "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying 61. to please everybody" - Bill Cosby I like this quote because, in HR we want to please the people we work with. Trying to please others will get in the way of doing our jobs in a professional manner. So, I believe as long as you do what is right and fair then you will have no problem Renee Wheeler Page 18
  27. 27. What is your favorite quote? And why? "I have always admired the ability to bite off more than one can 62. chew and then chew it" - William C. deMille I live my life this way and look for candidates with the same philosophy! This in my opinion is what separates top performers from average ones! Ron Kubitz [LION] 9200+(16M+) Open Networker "Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The 63. optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute" - Gil Stern To me this speaks to the value of teamwork and the notion that even those with varying opinions and beliefs can greatly aid a successful effort! Ron Kubitz [LION] 9200+(16M+) Open Networker “To be learned and educated its important to know that it is not 64. about competing but learning.” - Myself Why? Often due to extreme competitiveness in education there are two flaws. 1) Competing in Education leads many to adopt unethical means of performing well and obtaining good marks leading to frustration of people who actually want to learn. 2) If education is all about grades then it is designed in a ways to get those grades which leads to displacement of people who do not get good grades and looses the will to learn and educate him self. Indraneel Dass “You are not determined by anything external to yourself.” 65. - Anonymous I like this quote simply because this is my life; shame on me if I don‘t enjoy it. Yes, things come and go both good and bad. But at the end of the day, my life is what I have decided to create for myself; there is no blame. And, I am reminded that at any point, I can change anything with which I am dissatisfied. Thomas Stephens Jr, Ph.D. Page 19
  28. 28. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Men, the enemy is in front of us, on each side of us, and 66. behind us. They won't get away this time." - Chesty Puller, General, USMC. This tells us that even in the face of grave danger, never give up. Second place is the first loser. Rocky Owens, PHR "Success is not measured by what you attained in life, but by 67. what you overcame to get there." - Booker T. Washington Apologies if I didn't get the wording exact, but the meaning is clear. The quote especially applies to those who attain more because of their position or name without earning the reward. Success in business is dearly sought after, but I feel that, in the end, you still have to live with yourself. If your efforts do not include striving for the greater good, you have wasted a life. Ken Kuzia "Don't base your life on intentions. Either do it or let it go!" 68. - Carolyn Hutchison I said this past summer while listening to a young cowboy randomly shares his intentions...he went on and on and then he hopped in his truck and drove to Florida for his next big adventure. My hope is he truly does follow through with his intentions. I've watched that scenario play again and again with people I've coached or recruited. I've made it habit to start asking people if they really do plan on doing it or just talking about it. Wonderful conversations have grown out of the stmt and question. I use it all the time now. And I use it on myself. It's made a world of difference. Carolyn Hutchison "Sometimes it’s best to look reality in the eye and deny it." 69. - Woody Allen I love this because people tend to be bound by what appears to be true (reality), and not what is possible. John G. Kramb Page 20
  29. 29. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Throwing away ideas too soon is like opening a package of 70. flower seeds and then throwing them away because they're not pretty." - Arthur B. VanGundy, Ph.D., creativity guru/author "Idea Power" Reminds people to keep an open mind, not pass judgment as ideas are being generated. Rebecca Osborne "Making money doesn't oblige people to forfeit their honour or 71. their conscience" - Baron Guy de Rothschild I have this as my screensaver - ethical business is good business! Vanessa Tyler "From seeds of happiness...kindness grows" 72. - Anonymous This has been my motto since graduating college 22 years ago and I have it as my tag line on my computer screen, business cards, emails, etc… It keeps me positive and wanting to help others. Kim Keough "Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you 73. stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." - Napoleon Hill I like this quote because it reminds me that waiting is not always the best thing to do. Sometimes we just need to get going and make it happen. Britt Montemayor Page 21
  30. 30. What is your favorite quote? And why? "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's 74. the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln Reminds me to fully live each day. Frederique Thiriet-Smith This speaks to all of us that we need not be afraid to take chances, seek adventures and get out in the world and do - no matter who we are and what kind of work we do. The smallest of gestures can make a difference in someone's life. Marla Ripperton "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because 75. we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw Playing is the recipe to stay young! And I find the quote also true when replacing "playing" by "learning". Frederique Thiriet-Smith "A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion." 76. - Admiral Byrd Let's move forward and make business and the world a better, healthier, all joyful place! Happy Holidays! Sandra Wichman, MSM "Everyone likes a compliment." 77. - Abraham Lincoln I love how this reminds me to appreciate everyone I encounter during my day! Lisa Scherber Page 22
  31. 31. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, "Where have I gone 78. wrong?" Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night." - Charles Schulz It puts the world in perspective for me, and reminds me that humour resolves many stresses and lots of laughter is important. Heather Stewart "Arms are for hugging." 79. - Anonymous A little cheesy, but a nice play on the word "arms" and sharing an anti-gun sentiment. Enjoy a peaceful 2010! Christine Chapman, CHRP "What goes around, comes around" 80. - From the book ‘Secrets’ Good deeds are rewarded, bad ones come back ten times worse. Marilyn Sears "Everything happens for a reason" 81. - From the book ‘Secrets’ I learned a long time ago that even going through hell gives you strength, perseverance, and knowledge that is priceless as you make your way to the great side of life. Marilyn Sears "How can I soar like an eagle when I am flying with Turkeys?" 82. - My Dad Just for fun that one! Lee James Page 23
  32. 32. What is your favorite quote? And why? "He who hurries can not walk with dignity." 83. - Chinese proverb What ever you do, take the time to do it right. Ponder, pray, prepare -- but don't rush. Moving with haste will cause you to forget steps, overlook discrepancies, and even compromise integrity. Success, in any endeavour, takes time. It can not be hurried. Angela Ellis "At 211 degrees water is stagnant. At 212 is boils!" 84. - Anonymous This statement simply says that a little effort goes a long way. Think of the amazing results you can have if you push yourself one more minute, share one more idea, try one more time, and give just one more degree! Angela Ellis "Failure is a choice made by the undisciplined. Failing to meet 85. your objectives, regardless of what they are, is a choice. If you fail it's because you made something else a higher priority." - Anonymous Although we know there are no absolutes in this world, often we don't meet our goals and aren't honest about why we missed the mark. Success starts with me. Nicole Pemberton "What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or 86. impossible is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are." - Anthony Robbins Resonates most with me in my main field of Career Development and especially true for career change is by Steve Preston Page 24
  33. 33. What is your favorite quote? And why? "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the 87. stars..." - Deciderata I'm rubbish at remembering quotes, but this I've had this one since a teenager. It reminds me that I'm no better - and no dumber - than anyone else, and you can always learn and understand more. Angela Gibbins "Don't let others rent free space in your head" 88. - My Dad That reminds me not to take things too personally and let them go quickly before I go to bed. Kim Keough "As far as anyone knows, we're a nice normal family" 89. - Homer Simpson (That one is for the holidays!) Katharina Swan "People do not change when we tell them they should; they 90. change when their context tells them they must.” - Thomas L. Friedman I like this because it is so true but sometimes so hard to remember. John Sullivan "A sharp tongue slits its own throat." 91. - Anon Don't burn your bridges! Deena O'Hare Page 25
  34. 34. What is your favorite quote? And why? “You can’t change the world but you can change the facts And 92. when you change the facts you can change points of view And when you can change points of view, you can change the world." - Inscription on the Berlin Wall It speaks to hope, influence and making a difference one person at a time. Judith Baker "Tomorrow is another day." 93. - Anonymous While I like the ongoing optimism in the message, the real reason I like the saying is that I remember my father saying it. Anthony Renaud "Most people give up on their dreams far too early" 94. - Rolling Stone interview by John Cougar Mellancamp Those two statements speak to me because it reminds me to be expectant, faithful and consistent in my pursuits. The words encourage me to believe in the fulfilment of my future vision, no matter how distant it may currently appear, despite current set-backs, timing, disappointments, increases in energy spent on growing responsibilities - to not give up, to believe, to stay the course. Kirk Dixon "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach 95. you to keep your mouth shut." - Ernest Hemingway Especially appropriate during the office holiday party season...just a reminder to don't be brash or boastful when drinking, and always honour your word. If you say you will do something, follow through on your promise. Michael McDonald, PHR Page 26
  35. 35. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Be nice to the people you meet on the way up. You will meet 96. them again on the way down." - Anonymous Seems fitting in today's Great Recession. Vincent Marchionni, Jr. MBA, MS We have our Peaks and Valleys in life, how we treat people in each determines our success and happiness. Meseret Kifle "You win with people". 97. - Woody Hayes I will never be able to back pay to all those who helped me get to where I am today, but I certainly can help others get to their future. Eric Gall "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." 98. - Yogi Berra Our lives are the sum total of all the choices we make. William R. Borton, CLU, RHU "The sad reality of adult life is that when we are faced with a difficult decision and examine all the available choices ... we 99. discover they all suck! The only thing we can do is pick the one that sucks the least ... and move on." - Morrie Shechtman I love it because it is true and particularly applicable to the difficulty people have in addressing change. Most people resist making the difficult choices associated with change and go on a "hope trip" looking for a pain free option. Russ May Page 27
  36. 36. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Be the change you wish to see in the world." 100. - M.K.Gandhi Ghandi's has a great deal of meaning to me and I think of these words whenever I am faced with a challenging situation or when dealing with change (which happens frequently). If I want things to be a certain way - then I must live that way myself and lead by example. In a way, it ties in with Steven Covey's quote because if I demonstrate a willingness to listen to others and understand them - not only will I be more open; those I come in contact will as well because of my actions. Kellie Auld Why? It reminds me to control what I can and that personal action trumps good intentions. Barrett Madrigal Because this quote is about personal responsibility and not blaming the world when we need to look at how we live our own lives. It's about reflection and taking action with integrity and the intention to role model for others our best selves... Monica Loncich Page 28
  37. 37. What is your favorite quote? And why? William Shakespeare was baptized on 26 April 1564. He was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world. Some of his famous Quotations:  A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.  Action is eloquence.  Assume a virtue, if you have it not.  Be great in act, as you have been in thought.  Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.  I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience. Page 29
  38. 38. What is your favorite quote? And why? "We make a living by what we get, we make a life out of what we 101. give" - Winston Churchill Reminds me that it is how we 'use' our resources to better the world that defines us, not the amount of the resources themselves. Raymond Navarro It reminds us of what is really important in life and how important it is to give of ourselves. Annette Wainey When you have a passion for something it doesn‘t matter how much $ you make, if you enjoy what you do, it creates financial rewards. Eric Brown Helps keep me focused on what's truly important and why I love working with and in service of people. Jonathan Harvey "A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when 102. his hands are empty." - Anonymous Reminds me that we, as individuals, are the only ones who can really define what it means to be 'rich'. Raymond Navarro "Just do it" 103. - Nike/Phil Knight This quote applies to all facets of life. Business, family, sports, etc. In order to accomplish anything worthwhile, you have to just go out and do it, can't sit around and wait. Nallenweg, Adam Page 30
  39. 39. What is your favorite quote? And why? "It only takes one." 104. - A former boss I haven't forgotten it ---- as it applies to finding a job, making a decision, etc. Don't know where it came from. Jacque Vilet "In God we trust; everyone else bring data." 105. - W. Edwards Deming This was at an executive committee meeting after someone had just made a highly emotional case for project funding that was short on data and analysis. I just love the simplicity of the message. Ron Weisinger Love this because it reminds HR professionals to bring data and the ensuing analysis to the table on what we present to deliver to business leaders. Data presented in such a context raises our credibility and the work proposed in the terms that they relate to, such as #'s, %'s or increased revenue generation ultimately elevating our relevance and importance at the table. Elva Arista, MBA, SPHR "It isn't the mountain that wears you out, it is the grain of sand 106. in your shoe." - Winston Churchill Another way of saying, don't sweat the small stuff! Jean Bass "When two people in business always agree, one is unnecessary. 107. Dare to disagree." - William Wrigley, Jr. One final one I have used through the years to encourage my staff to come up with new ideas, speak out and suggest change or challenge status quo. Jean Bass Page 31
  40. 40. What is your favorite quote? And why? "When all is said and done, MUCH more will have been said than 108. done." - Lou Holtz While someone else may have expressed this first, I heard a speaker say this one time and I've often thought that it so very well describes the frustration we've all experienced in our business and within all segments of our government. Bill Gregory "The things you regret most in life are the things you don't do." 109. - Anonymous I remember my dad telling me this when I was quite young. Jon Gregory "If you always think as you've always thought, You'll always do what you've always done. If you always do what you've always 110. done, You'll always get what you've always got. If you always get what you've always got, You'll always think as you've always thought." - Anonymous Why? It speaks to the importance of change. Claudette B Page 32
  41. 41. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Never compromise with your fundamental values whatever be the 111. situation" - Anonymous Fundamental values are the true guiding factors for one's success in the life and one's destiny is largely determined by these values. If there is any compromise he/ she will not achieve the ultimate goal. Also, self respect is very important for a human being and if you compromise with your values, in the long term, your self respect will also get hampered. Ashutosh Agarwal "Far and away the best price that Life has offered is the chance 112. to work and at work worth doing" - Theodore Roosvelt Every job, task or activity is the best for us as within each chance is an underlying opportunity which taps our strength and capability to accomplish. As we start enjoying our work we realize every job is worrth doing and there is learning. J S Manoj Koundinya "A pessimist always sees difficulty in every opportunity while an 113. optimist always sees opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill I feel this is d real fact of life which we are not ready to accept it... Bijal Desai "Success has no explanations while failures have none". 114. - Fatema Yusuf A good one I must say, as we need not to give explanations for success and any clarification for once being failed don‘t makes any difference. Pradeep Mittal Page 33
  42. 42. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Life is like an ice - cream , so guys eat it , enjoy it before it 115. melts" . - Charles M. Schulz This is my quote and also belief in life. Enjoy and learn from each and every moment of the life. Fatema Yusuf "Don’t Think You Are ... KNOW You Are ...." . 116. - Anonymous It simply means you don‘t think if you can do something. Just feel it as if you KNOW you can do it. Jayraj Panchal "Believe nothing you hear and half of what you see particularly 117. when it concerns politics, government or rumours.." - friend Charlie Johnson of Charlestown, MA When I went to work for Ray Flynn, the newly elected Mayor of Boston. Although I haven‘t seen Charlie in many years I've never forgotten his advice. David Flanagan "America is not governed by the majority but by the majority of 118. those who participate". - Thomas Jefferson I love this quote because it speaks to the importance of being a participant & proactive and not just letting events happen around you. With HR, this is particularly important regarding legislation that could affect our businesses. Best to be out in front rather than behind the 8 ball! Sue Doud Page 34
  43. 43. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Every man is the architect of his own fortune." 119. - Roman censor Appius Claudius Caecus This reminds me that I must be Accountable for achieving what I want and that I cannot blame anyone else if I fail! Brian Lowenthal "You are the best father in the world, because you're mine" 120. - My 4 yr old son It reminded me on the story of The Little Prince, when he saw thousands of roses and thought his was not special anymore, but when the fox told him: "your rose is unique, because it's yours", made the little Prince understand what he had and appreciated it. Fidel Castellanos "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving 121. that there is no need to do so, almost everybody get busy on the proof" - John Kenneth Galbraith Having worked in many companies where there were changes in senior management or the need to be flexible, this is a good one, Al Lichtenstein "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters 122. compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson I like the quote because it reminds me that we all have untapped potential, that there is always a gap between my current performance level (in any given area of my life) and what I'm capable of doing, and the power to close that gap lies within. Danny Lewis Page 35
  44. 44. What is your favorite quote? And why? "S_ _t happens." 123. - Susie Clinkard A good reminder that there are rogue waves in life, sneaker waves, unfortunate events that hit us at unexpected times. We need not take these events personally (even through they feel quite personal), but should steel ourselves, and move forward with resolve, confidence and determination towards the realization of our dreams and goals. Danny Lewis "You're no better than anyone else...and no one is better than 124. you." - My Mom We were the only Hispanic family living in a small Southern California town. My mom was a single mother raising 6 kids on her own. I desperately wanted to go to college so I wouldn't have to struggle like my mom. This quote helped me realize that I could do anything I set my mind to. Michelle Hernandez "It takes a pregnant woman 9 months to have a baby. You can't 125. get 9 women pregnant for 1 month each and expect to have a baby." - from a VP Engineering when pressed to get products developed faster. But I take to mean ---- some things just take time and you might as well learn patience. Jacque Vilet "Try not to become a man of success but a man of value." 126. - Albert Einstein The ones below always creep up, when I am perhaps at a situation deciding Shall I or Shall I not? Murad Sheikh Page 36
  45. 45. What is your favorite quote? And why? "When you are working among lazy people, the probability of 127. your success is very high" - Myself This made me grow which is still working. Santosh Vempelly "Two questions asked when life is complete: Have you found Joy 128. in your life? And have you given Joy to others?" - Excerpt from The Bucket List I think this is what Einstein would have meant by becoming a person of Value. The world needs more positive thinkers/doers like these. Kim Pritchard, MSIR, SPHR "Give a man a fish feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish feed 129. him for life." - Confucius I think this is what Einstein would have meant by becoming a person of Value. The world needs more positive thinkers/doers like these. John Block, CPA " How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so 130. much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar ! " - Trina Paulus It emphasizes that the EVOLUTION is the KEY to SUCCESS. ! Aman K Gupta Page 37
  46. 46. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Give your servant an understanding heart to discern your 131. people." - King Solomon asking his God For me, this is the quintessential definition to embrace and manage diversity. Rodney U Bellamy "You can teach an old dog new tricks but you can't teach a dumb 132. dog nothing." - Anonymous Meaning we are never too old to learn something new but if we are closed minded we miss life‘s lessons. Mona C "If you are not a liberal by the age of 20 you have no heart. If 133. you are not a conservative by the age of 40 you have no brain." - Winston Churchill Speaks volumes about life experience - especially with the extreme political agenda of college professors and instructors. Charles Boynton "Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone." 134. - G.B. Stern Notice the good things people do and acknowledge them, from a business perspective you will have a loyal and hardworking staff. Kathryn Roussey Page 38
  47. 47. What is your favorite quote? And why? "People don't care how much you know ,but they know how much 135. you care..........by the way you listen. ----." - Bob Conklin I love this quote because this explains that by developing listening skills in you,you develop patience & this helps you in winning people. Mukul Chaudhri "Life is a climb, but the view at the top is great..." 136. - TV Show; Hannah Montana I heard this quote on TV the other day on a show I never watch...so I was pretty impressed to get something I like from an unusual source.... Sumair Abro "If you think you can, you can, if you think you cannot, you 137. cannot. In both cases, you are right:" - Henry Ford I like this quote because it speaks to the power of the mind, intention and choice. We choose by how and what we think. Page Temple, CPCC Helps me when I find myself talking myself out of doing something that stretches me or scares me. Kopitzee Parra-Thornton "Remember from the future." 138. - Lynda Gratton's book Why? There is only one way where we should find our answers and it's' ahead of us. Iñigo Gondra Page 39
  48. 48. What is your favorite quote? And why? "They Deem me their worst enemy cause I tell them the truth." 139. - Plato I believe that honesty and truthfulness are virtues very rare to find in this world. And often interpreted as the quality which is not needed in the new world. I stand by these two virtues still and I know it will always stay where it is...no matter the odds. Deepavali Gaind "All the best leaders are followers." 140. - Lao Tze I love this quotation because it has so many possibilities e.g. give your people space to perform. Coach and train your people and the let them deliver for you. Tony Perryman "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better 141. understanding of ourselves." - Carl Jung Whenever I get upset and irritated with people I work with ( or family & friends), this quote popped up so I can remind myself that each individual possess unique behaviour and I need to learn more to adjust and accommodate each style, likewise to tell them that they should do the same too by sharing this quote with them. Pinky Chang Shiau Chien "Give the World the best you can and the best will come back to 142. you." - Madeline Bridge This quote I had it on the wall of my dorm when I was doing my Ph.D. I keep this in mind when I am doing a favour for anyone, not in the sense I will get the favour in return. But to offer the best I can. Karthikeyan Narayanan Page 40
  49. 49. What is your favorite quote? And why? "A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved 143. from a simple system that works." - John Gaule Clarity of thought, the beauty of simplicity - we can't possibly over-emphasize how critical this is. Ajay Kumar "In IT to WIN IT!!!" 144. - Anonymous it simply reflects the commitment to excellence and dedication! The intensity to WIN is very much needed in today's competitive world but yes surely the intensity be mixed with right attitude and integrity & sensitivity! Aanchal Tripathi "Success is not final and failure is not fatal; its courage that 145. counts" - Winston Churchill I always keep it in mind, especially when I encounter a success Jayasaravanan Alagusundaram (Not a quote - but an action.) Smile! 146. - Anonymous One since smile will be passed among many! Making each person's day just a little better. Barbara Kang "Time defines your true friends" 147. - Anonymous Experience has shown that man's greed for personal attention will often erode what was perceived a friendship. Bob Tamasy Page 41
  50. 50. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Luck is where preparedness and opportunity meet" 148. - a Trainer In my experience it is true, Thinking about the saying that we can all make our own luck, it certainly makes sense. Shirley Howe Workshop facilitation, recruitment services and management expertise "The sting of low quality is remembered long after the 149. sweetness of low price is forgotten." - from a Texas haberdasher. Since I've been in Sales most of my life, this quote strikes quite an accord with me.....as it should with you too. Susan J Evans CIC, CPIA "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, 150. we may as well dance." - Anonymous. This quote always reminds me to enjoy life and be thankful regardless of the situation. Stormie Myers Page 42
  51. 51. What is your favorite quote? And why? He was the practitioner of ahimsa and was a pioneer of Satyagraha, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa or total nonviolence—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. he swore to speak the truth and advocated that others do the same. Gandhi first employed non-violence and truth as his weapon. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun himself. He ate simple vegetarian food, eventually adopting a fruitarian diet, and also undertook long fasts as a means of both self-purification and social protest. He is commonly known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi or "Great Soul", an honorific first applied to him by Rabindra Nath Tagore. Paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death, famous scientist Albert Einstein said, "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a man as this walked the earth in flesh and blood". He is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence. Some of his famous Quotations:  Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  Hate the sin, love the sinner.  It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.  Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.  Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.  I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. Page 43
  52. 52. What is your favorite quote? And why? “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 them 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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and 151. shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt This quote reminds me that we often spend too much time criticizing the work of others when we should be learning from them. Robert Shindell "In the race for quality, there is no finish line". 152. - Anonymous I like it because of the obvious, continuous improvement is the constant goal to try and obtain and attain. Alicia Bogue Page 44
  53. 53. What is your favorite quote? And why? "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have learned from experience that the 153. greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." - Martha Washington I have this quote posted on my monitor as a daily reminder to continue with a positive attitude in all situations. Rebecca Steuber, CIR "A life lived in fear is a life half lived" 154. - Spanish Proverb I have called it to mind many times when I needed to charge forward with courage to gain real experience in life. By the way ' courage is not the absence of fear but the strength to go through it!!!!". Rachel Mossakowski "It is always the right time to do the right thing". 155. - Martin Luther King Speaks volumes to me. It helps make many difficult decisions easier. Don Colvin, MAOM, HCS, SPHR "I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief 156. duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble." - Helen Keller I love this quote because it signifies that we all wish to do something great but we should do our best and give everything to everything we do. Rosie Marsh Page 45
  54. 54. What is your favorite quote? And why? "This too shall pass." 157. - The Bible To me this is a great reminder to really appreciate all of the good in my life and remember that I will get through even the worst of situations. Stephen Myers This is my favourite quote. Since life is made of passing moments and each moment has a moment of truth in it, no moment can surpass its life time. There is no point in getting attached, affected to anything. Be like water and this too shall pass. Kumarshankaran Aiyar [LION] To me it says that in life things happen but they come to pass. They do not come to stay. Expect a great day. Beverly Thomas My grandmother always said as comfort when things were not going well. No matter how low your circumstances become, or how dire the situation is, or how hurtful the loss is, thing will get better. These words have sustained me in many times of my life. Vikki Stubbs, SPHR Most favourite quote, because as HR pros especially, in the heat of a situation, it‘s always good to gain perspective and recognize that while it may be all consuming important today, that does not mean you will feel this way forever. It‘s a good, and realistic, diffuser. Cathleen Graham "To achieve great things you have first to believe it." 158. - Arsene Wenger Believing in yourself is the key to success and I am a firm believer that you have to believe in yourself first before anyone else can. Althea Battle "The older I get I pay less attention to what men say and more 159. to what they do.." - Andrew Carnegie It holds true for me after 27 yrs. in the F&B business I've seen a lot of lip service. Paul Lombardy Page 46
  55. 55. What is your favorite quote? And why? "You can lead the horse to the water but you cant make it drink" 160. - Nicole Weaver My mother use to tell me this one to show me that the final choice is mine. Tharani Dayahparan "I am hurt but I am not slain I will lie me down to bleed awhile 161. Then I'll rise to fight again." - Sir Andrew Barton I think describe the native, indominatable tenacity in almost all of us. The first one doesn't sound cheery, but after reflection I think you'll see its value in personal and professional life. John Toay "It doesn't matter if you win or lose, until you lose." 162. - Anonymous This one is a bit more flippant but still accurate for an ardent tennis player, former cop and former jock. John Toay "If it's not going to be important next week, it's not important 163. enough to fight about today." - Anonymous Just thought of another one that comes into play when you're involved in a sharp disagreement with a friend. It just popped out several years ago when I was counselling my then impulsive high school son on how to recognize stuff that's important and stuff that's not. John Toay Page 47
  56. 56. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Avoid the Unmanageable, Manage the Unavoidable" 164. - Anonymous it has helped me extensively in my personal and professional life as well. I love Quotes with a Vibe, which signifies strength. Ketki MBA "I am More than I now Myself to Be !" 165. - Anonymous This line always boosts me when I face any problem and I feel I am falling short in achieving my goals. This line gives me the self confidence that I can do a lot more than I think I can. Ramitha Ravindran "Life is the opportunity to make a positive difference" 166. - Anonymous One of my favourites because it reminds me that in the great big world where there is so much to do, I can make a difference just be doing something positive. Lynn Ferrari Rodriguez "First deserve, then desire" 167. - M.K. Gandhi Follow this to minimise your stress, pressure, etc. Suneer Prakash "Me being HAPPY or SAD depends 99% on me, and 1% on the 168. rest of the world". - Anonymous So, YOU drive yourself and avoid/minimise being driven. It's your life..... Suneer Prakash Page 48
  57. 57. What is your favorite quote? And why? "I am not 40. I am 20 with 20 years of experience." 169. - Anonymous That's ATTITUDE. Be YOUNG. Have it in you..... Suneer Prakash "Joy and woe are woven fine a clothing for the soul divine under 170. every grief and pine runs a joy with silken twine." - William Wordsworth The above quote is 100 per cent correct and it gives courage especially to those people who are suffering from some difficulties whether monetary or otherwise that these days will not remain always and the time will come when the difficulties will be overcome by the joy and happiness. Jawaid Ali "Change is the only constant thing in life" 171. - François de la Rochefoucauld This quote prepares you to accept all changes which come on your way. Prachiti Talathi "Life is 10% what we see and 90% how we react" 172. - Anonymous Because it all depends on us how we take the things and how we react. Asma Hanifi "Do to other as you would like being done to you." 173. - Anonymous If you create a positive energy it will only reward you three folds. Vlasta Eriksson Page 49
  58. 58. What is your favorite quote? And why? "If you want to judge a man, give him power" 174. - Anonymous This quote focus on power and responsibility a position can bring. As great power comes with great responsibility. Savinder Kaur "I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary" 175. - Lou Holtz God created all of us to accomplish something in life and not to be ordinary mortals. Arunkumar Vijayan "I can achieve anything I set my mind to" 176. - Anonymous This thought bring lot of fire in me, this reminds me daily there is nothing IMPOSSIBLE. Pooja Upadhyaya "If it is to be, it is up to me." 177. - My Mother No one's gonna do it for you... Susan Niemeyer, JD " Hands that Rock the cradle rules the world" 178. - My Mother Because it gives feel of specialty of being a woman, Symbolizes motherhood, makes me more thankful to my mother. Rashmi Kandiyal Page 50
  59. 59. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." 179. - Zig Ziglar As it inspire to create a right kind of attitude to achieve target. Rashmi Kandiyal How high will you go? Kendra Liddell "Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a 180. Gift & that's why it's called the Present." - Alice Morse Earle I love these quotes because both the sentences tell you all that you need to know about how to deal with Life! Whether it your personal life or your professional life.....it caters to each & every happening both, good and bad! Annette Fernandes "A dream doesn't become a goal until it is written" 181. - Ed Cole It's like telling me: Planning is useless without Action. Jibie Henri Tengko "If it was easy everyone would be doing it." 182. - Francis Breakspear My brother said it to me when I was burning the midnight oil whilst studying for my MBA and holding down a full time job! Definitely kept me going. :-) Carolynne Gilbert Page 51
  60. 60. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived 183. forwards" - Soren Kierkegaard This quote is attributed to various people, and there are various interpretations. I‘ll give the one that I find best with the example of the Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi. When Mahatma Gandhi stole some gold as a child, and later apologized to his father, he would not have understood the significance or the value of the incident. When Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of a train in South Africa, he would not have understood the significance or the worth of the incident. When Mahatma Gandhi first led his uprising in Champaran, he would not have understood the significance or the importance of the incident. But when we look back at his life, we realize that the incident as a child gave him his first taste of truth, which got refined in South Africa, and which passed the acid test in Champaran, which finally culminated in the independence of India. We realize and understand the significance of each incident only when we look backwards. But in spite of this, he could only live his life forward. I find this quote most inspiring when I am in a real soup and I am wondering ‗Why only me?‘ It tells me that pain and suffering sometimes do have a reason, and a problem, a setback or the feeling of losing something can have its own significance and importance in the grand scheme of things. Ramakrishnan KR "Leave people and places better than you found them." 184. - Anonymous My mother, who was far from camper (her idea of roughing it was to walk barefoot through the Hyatt lobby), modified this old camping principle. Julia Mast "No masterpiece can't be done without passion." 185. - Anonymous Means to me we have to put passion in everything we do, not only for success, but just for the pleasure to be done... Laurent Blondeau Page 52
  61. 61. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about 186. learning how to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene It speaks so well to not wasting your time waiting for things to get better and missing the gems life offers each day. Donna Zimmerman "Perception is Reality" 187. - Anonymous We never get an opportunity to make a first impression and our actions will always outweigh our words. Regardless of what comes out of our mouths, we will be remembered for what we do, how we act and how we treat others. Our actions will determine how we are perceived, regardless of the underlying truth, good or bad. Kim Horrell This speaks to the need to check for understanding in all communications, whether giving or receiving. David Hocker "Do the right thing even when no one is looking" 188. - Rutland Herald Your actions will always reflect they type of person you really are. LeAnn Monteiro "There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the 189. path." - The matrix This "special" year (globally speaking, my country speaking and my life speaking...) I've chosen to "walk the path"... Mariana Riva Page 53
  62. 62. What is your favorite quote? And why? "When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion" 190. - Ethiopian Proverb It's pretty explanatory, regardless of what your circumstances look like, if you have the right team of people working with you, you can accomplish anything! James D. Lewis "A manager does things right, a leader does the right thing" 191. - Warren Bennis Your people know what "the right thing to do" is....the most important quality in a leader is ethics. You can speak of teambuilding, of leadership, commitment....your people will never follow you if they don't respect you, and you can't earn their respect if you don't do the "right" thing......don't kid yourself; they know what the right thing to do is. David Brunner "Adversity is like a knife. It can cut you, or serve you, depending 192. upon whether you grasp it by the blade, or the handle" - Anonymous Why this quote? Simply put, too many people fail to see the opportunities in changes, or unexpected circumstances. They get too caught up in the roadblock presented, and then fail to move forward, rather than assess the situation and seek both to move on, and/or to reach better results than they initially sought. Todd L. Greges "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." 193. - Frank Zappa It's not the mainstream that makes progress in society, it's the outliers...the ones that everyone thinks are crazy, stupid, etc. They are the one's that surprise us with progress on a small and large scale. Shawn Jones Page 54
  63. 63. What is your favorite quote? And why? "Hope for the best. Expect the worst." 194. - Mel Brooks Needs no explanation. Just survival skills. David Bush "All things I thought I knew, But now confess, the more I know 195. I know I know the less!!!" - Anonymous Learning is endless, isn‘t it? Sheetal Ranade "By the sweat of thy brow, thou shall eat bread." 196. - King Solomon Hard work and perseverance will always pay off. Sonia James "Be equal to your talent, not your age. At times let the gap 197. between them be embarrassing." - Yevgeny Yevtushenko For me this is about the desire to be ourselves, to celebrate who we are, to stand up to others, to not be so arrogant as to fail to learn from others, to enjoy learning, and to keep having fun. Ron Jones "Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, 198. impossibilities vanish." - Jean de la Fontaine Tenacity, tempered aggression, bulldog work ethic & doing whatever it takes. Burn baby...Burn! Marcelino Ortiz Page 55
  64. 64. What is your favorite quote? And why? "When nothing goes Right. take Left." 199. - Anonymous One of the best quote I remember when ever i m trapped in any unfavourable, unpredicted. This inspires me to take a different direction of thinking and mostly ends up in getting me released from the current not so good situation to very good situation. Kalpesh Parikh "Think positively and masterfully , with confidence and faith, 200. and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience." - Eddie Rickenbacker Puts me in the right mind-set! Elaine Agramonte Page 56
  65. 65. What is your favorite quote? And why? Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was the American founder of the Ford Motor Company. He began life as a farmer's son and quickly became rich and famous and soon became an icon of a self-made man. Although an industrialist, Ford remembered and cared the common man. He designed the Model T for the masses and installed a mechanized assembly line to make production cheaper and faster. The motorized assembly line significantly cut the time, and thus cost, of manufacturing each car. Ford passed on this savings to the customer. He also instituted the $5 per day pay rate for his workers, which was nearly double what workers were paid in other auto factories. Ford believed that by raising the workers' pay, the workers would be happier (and faster) on the job, their wives could stay home to care for the family, and the workers were more likely to stay with the Ford Motor Company (leading to less down-time for training new workers). Ford also created a sociological department in the factory that would examine workers' lives and try to make it better. Since he believed he knew what was best for his workers, Henry was very much against unions. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. He was a prolific inventor and was awarded 161 U.S. patents. Some of his famous Quotations:  A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.  A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.  Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.  Don't find fault, find a remedy.  Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.  Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it. Page 57