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Lao-TzuNature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Lord ChesterfieldKnowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

John WoodenDon’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Lao-TzuWhen nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Winston ChurchillWhen you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Laurence J PeterWould the boy you were be proud of the man you are?

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Antonio PorchiaNothing that is complete breathes.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Stanislaw Jerzy LecYou climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Paul ValeryA work of art is never finished; it is only abandoned.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Frank TygerReputations are made by searching for things that can't be done and doing them.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

George SantayanaThe Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Peter DruckerEfficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerWhenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Harry TrumanIt is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Vince LombardiI firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Eleanor RooseveltWhat could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Walt DisneyIt's kind of fun to do the impossible.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Pablo PicassoWhen I was a child, my mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Personal Stories

Walt DisneyWell, my greatest reward, I think, is that I've been able to build this wonderful organization.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Quotes in Verse

Walt WhitmanO Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done!
The ship has weathered every wrack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet



French proverbWhat is done no longer needs to be done.

—  French proverb

Special Quotes

Be all that you can be.

—  Motto of the U.S. Army


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