Quotable Quotes


Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
--John G. Pollard

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
--Edward Gibbon

There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
--Elbert Hubbard

Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
--John Henry Newman

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
--Josh Billings

The question "Who ought to be boss?" is like as "Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?" Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
--Henry Ford

They are able because they think they are able.

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
--Horace Walpole

Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
--Francis Bacon

Ability is of little account without opportunity.
--Napoleon Bonaparte

"Often, the quickest way to illumination is a quote"



"There is a great deal of human nature in people"
--Mark Twain


"When pessimists think they're taking a chance, optimists feel they're grasping a great opportunity."
--Author Unknown


"Man's mind stretched to a new idea, never
goes back to its original dimension."

Oliver Wendell Holmes


"We may convince others by our arguments, but
we can only persuade them by their own."

--Sydney Tremayne


"The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all."

Pablo Casals


"People prefer to stay with problems they understand rather than look for solutions they're uncomfortable with." 

--- anonymous


"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come."
--Victor Hugo


"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes


"There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea."
--P. W. Bridgman


"Imagination is not an empirical or superadded power of consciousness, it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes its freedom."

Jean-Paul Sartre

"Those who are going to be in business tomorrow are those who understand that the future, as always, belongs to the brave."

William Bernbach

"Ideas are the root of creation."
--Ernest Dimnet


"Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs."
--John H. Vincent


"The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer."
--George Santayana


"Impossibility: a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools."
--Napoleon Bonaparte


"To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so."
--Walter Scott


"Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."
--Lewis Mumford


"Skepticism is slow suicide."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today."
--Mark Twain


"Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible."
--Fran?ois de La Rochefoucauld


"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done."
--Louis D. Brandeis


"More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing than by believing in too much."
--P. T. Barnum


"A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind."
--Henry Ward Beecher


"Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
--Eden Phillpotts

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live."
--Mark Twain

"Where there is no vision a people perish."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


"One can resist the invasion of an army; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas."

Victor Hugo


"Vision: the art of seeing things invisible."
--Jonathan Swift


"I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision."
--Henry David Thoreau

"The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
--Winston Churchill


"It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear."
--Edward H. Harriman


"No man that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprise."
--Woodrow Wilson


"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing."
--William Shakespeare

"Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
--Edwin Hubbel Chapin


"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
--Mark Twain


"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes


"It takes vision and courage to create--it takes faith and courage to prove."
--Owen D. Young


"The republic is a dream
Nothing happens unless first a dream."
--Carl Sandburg


"To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
--Elbert Hubbard

"True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher."
--John Petit-Senn


"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and row brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
--Thomas Paine


"Business is like riding a bicycle--either you keep moving or you fall down."


"All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgments of probabilities, and not on certainties."
--Charles Eliot

"Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does."
--Steuart H. Britt

"A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing."
--Charles M. Schwab

"Sanely applied advertising could remake the world."
--Stuart Chase

"Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody."

Agatha Christie


"An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run."
--James Russell Lowell


 "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything
  that can be counted counts." 

--Albert Einstein


"Reason has never failed men. Only force and repression have made the wrecks in the world."
--William Allen White


"It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts."
--Will Rogers


"Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess."
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
--Upton Sinclair


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"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
--Henry David Thoreau


"The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it."
--James Russell Lowell


"A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs."
--Bernard M. Baruch


"If there were no bad speculations there could be no good investments; if there were no wild ventures there would be no brilliantly successful enterprises."
--F. W. Hirst


"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."
--Francis Bacon


"Occasions are rare; and those who know how to seize upon them are rarer."
--Josh Billings


"Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone."
--Ed Howe


"Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education."
--Victor Hugo


"Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done."
--Josh Billings

"Money often costs too much."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing."
--Oscar Wilde


"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure."
--Thomas A. Edison


"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
--Mark Twain

"In order to serve its purpose, a vision has to be a shared vision."
--Warren Bennis

"Human history is in essence a history of ideas."
--H.G. Wells

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."
--Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon."
--Peter Lynch

"The truth is incontrovertible.  Malice may attack it, and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
--Sir Winston Churchill

"Everything is always impossible before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about--doing what people have told them is impossible."
--Hunt Greene

"The fine line between Art & Science is a mirage."

--R Luther



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