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Inspirational Quotes

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"To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer." George Bernard Shaw

"You are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you  impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." Woodrow Wilson

"There's nothing really difficult if you only begin - some people contemplate a task until it looms so big, it seems impossible, but I just begin and it gets done somehow. There would be no coral islands if the first bug sat down and began to wonder how the job was to be done." John Shaw Billings (1838-1913)

“Care for your health.  Don’t be the richest person in the cemetery.” Robin Sharma

“The best way to influence your children is to lead by example.” Robin Sharma

“We will all die eventually.  Be one of those people who really live.” Robin Sharma

“The person who experiences the most wins.”
Robin Sharma

“You can’t win if you don’t try.”
Robin Sharma

“A secret of greatness is to do the things that make you feel uncomfortable and play out on the jagged edges of your life.” Robin Sharma

“The better your awareness, the better your choices.  As you make better choices, you will see better results.” Robin Sharma

“Life is too short to play small.”
Robin Sharma

“Each day is an opportunity to craft your best life.”
Robin Sharma

“At the end of your life only two things will matter:  the gifts that you realized and the people that you helped.” Robin Sharma

“The best way to influence another human being is by example.” Robin Sharma

“On your deathbed, your greatest regret will come from the risks you did not take and the opportunities you did not seize.” Robin Sharma

“See your life as a giant adventure.  Keep pushing the envelope and remember that every dream starts off small.” Robin Sharma

“Here is a standard that I invite you to hold yourself to: craft a world-class career and live a world-class life.” Robin Sharma

“An extraordinary life is all about daily, continuous improvement in the areas that matter most.” Robin Sharma

“Here is an acronym for sustained success in your career: ABDOV.  Always Be Delivering Outrageous Value.” Robin Sharma

“Live today as if it were your last.”
Robin Sharma

“If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.” Robin Sharma

“Put your family first.  I’ve yet to see an obituary that says, “He died peacefully surrounded by his stockbroker, his accountant and his golf partner.” Robin Sharma

“A rich life is crafted by those small almost seemingly insignificant daily wins.” Robin Sharma

"Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar."

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come."          Chinese Proverb

“Life doesn’t give you what you want.  Life gives you who you are.” Robin Sharma

“Extraordinary human beings spend more time in reflection and introspection than those who live ordinary lives.” Robin Sharma

“Reflection is the mother of wisdom.”
Robin Sharma

“There can be no happiness if your daily commitments are misaligned with your deepest convictions.” Robin Sharma

“Good things happen to good people.”
Robin Sharma

“Everyday is a new dawn to the wise human being.”
Robin Sharma

"Life is fair.  The amount of wealth you experience will be a function of how much value you create for others." Robin Sharma

“Most people wear their social masks at work and then go home to be human.” Robin Sharma

"A man's character is his guardian divinity."

"Do the thing you fear to do and just keep on doing it. That is the quickest and surest way ever discovered to conquer fear." Dale Carnegie

"Be the master of your will but the servant of your conscience." Robin S. Sharma, in MegaLiving!

"I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we,  too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit."   John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Why shouldn't punctuality be a moral yardstick? Promptness tells me someone is more likely to be professional, respectful, reliable and considerate in our association... Soon, the "I matter more" attitude [of habitual latecomers] betrays a cavalier attitude that is hard to ignore.  Absent is the recognition that it's just as difficult for others to abandon what they're doing to honor commitments - but they do."           Eve Glicksman in the San Francisico Examiner

"A talent is formed in stillness, a character is the world's torrent." Goethe

“Let more of your light shine.”
Robin Sharma

“Personal responsibility is a hallmark of greatness.”
Robin Sharma

“How big of a game do you play when no one is watching?” Robin Sharma

“Never miss an opportunity to help another human being.  You may never get that chance again.” Robin Sharma

“Be the most honest person you know.”
Robin Sharma

“Be authentic.  Be bold.  Be great.”
Robin Sharma

“Have some fun today.”
Robin Sharma

“If you take yourself too seriously, no one will take you seriously.” Robin Sharma

“To be caring is not a sign of weakness.  It is a symbol of strength.” Robin Sharma

“Elite performers on the playing field of life focus on the worthy (and say no to the unimportant).” Robin Sharma

“Leadership is about coaching people around their weaknesses and celebrating their magnificent strengths.” Robin Sharma

“At the end of your life, what you will most regret will be the deeds left undone and the words left unspoken.” Robin Sharma

“If you try you might, but if you don’t you won’t.”
Robin Sharma

“Be successful.  Even more importantly, be significant.” Robin Sharma

"Attention makes the genius. All learning, fancy, science and skill depend upon it. Newton traced his great discoveries to it. It builds bridges, opens new worlds, heals disease, carries on the business of the world. Without it, taste is useless and the beauties of literature unobserved."  Robert Willmott, 19th Century English author

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" Satchell Paige

"If you want to put far more living in your life, start living every day as if it was your last." Robin Sharma

"There is more to life than increasing its speed."

"Life is no brief candle for me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." George Bernard Shaw

"One must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery." H.G. Wells

"Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel. Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A crackling fire. A great meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer. Don't fret about copping life's grand awards. Enjoy its tiny delights. There are plenty for all of us." Author Unknown

"Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness." May Sarton

“Life’s greatest pleasures are life’s smallest ones.” Robin Sharma

“Enjoying the journey of life is the goal of life.”
Robin Sharma

“The secret of passion can be stated in a word: purpose.” Robin Sharma

“If you have not laughed today, you have not lived today.” Robin Sharma

"Productive achievement is a consequence and an expression of healthy self-esteem, not it's cause." Nathaniel Brandon

"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal that was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible." Orison Swett Marden

"The first fifteen minutes of your day should be spent planning your day. Set specific goals as to what you will accomplish. These clear goals will give you focal points on which you can govern your actions and provide your with a template you can live your day from." Robin Sharma

"My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there." Charles Kettering

"Either you set your goals and, in doing so, have your life governed by choice or you do nothing and gave your life governed by chance." Robin Sharma

“Goals are beacons of hope.”
Robin Sharma

“Never forget the power of a single day.  Today is the day you can make a choice to live your best life.” Robin Sharma

"Seek earnestly and you will find."
Give yourself permission to follow your mission. As one father told his son: "be ashamed to die until you have scored a victory for mankind." From a Greek saying

"Alas for those that never sing but die with all their music within them." Oliver Wendell Holmes
Spring has past
Summer has gone
Winter is here
And the song that I meant to sing
Is still unsung
I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument  SANSCRIT SAYING

"The purpose of life is to manifest your talents in pursuit of a worthy ideal." Robin Sharma

"As you live your day, so you live your life"  (A day is your life in miniature, born in am and die in pm; successful life is nothing more than a successful live strung together.) Robin Sharma

"There comes a special moment in everyone's life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission - a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds his greatness. It is his finest hour." Winston Churchill

"Most of us dread finding out when we come to die that we have never really lived." Thoreau
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. Ben Franklin

"When you were born, the world rejoiced while you cried. Live your life in such a way that, when you die, the world cries while you rejoice." Indian Proverb Indian Proverb

"Blessed is he who has found his work." Thomas Carlyle (nineteenth century English essayist) Thomas Carlyle (nineteenth century English essayist)

"While we cannot choose how we will die, we can always choose how we will live." Robin Sharma

"The very meaningless of life forces man to create his own meanings. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." Stanley Kubrick, filmmaker

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it." Buddha Buddha

"Most of us dread finding out when we come to die that we have never really lived." Thoreau Thoreau

"Most of us die with our music still in us."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

"One of the saddest experiences which can come to a human being is to awaken, grey-haired and wrinkled, near the close of an unproductive career, to the fact that all through the years he has been using only a small part of himself." V.W. Burrows

"Most people don't learn how to live until it's time to die." Robin Sharma

"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye." Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

"Only you can make your dreams come true."
Robin Sharma

"The key to a great life lies in shifting your focus from accumulation to contribution. The old saying "He who gathers the most toys wins" needs to be replaced with "He who serves the most prospers". Remember, happiness is the by-product of a life spent adding value to other people's lives." Robin Sharma

"A timeless lesson for a deeply fulfilling life is to discover your calling, that special work or consuming occupation that fully engages your special talents with your passion." Robin Sharma

"If a man hasn't discovered something that he would die for, he isn't fit to live." Martin Luther King Jr., speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963

"I don't know what your destiny will be but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." French physician Albert Schweitzer

"One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in my pillow, or stretch myself taught, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return."  Mary Jean Iron

Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are...
To make a man happy, fill his hands with work, his heart with affection, his mind with purpose, his memory with useful knowledge, his future with hope, and his stomach with food. .... Frederick E. Crane

"Man's task is simple. He should cease letting his existence be a thoughtless accident." Friedrich Nietzche
The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have. John D. Rockefeller III

"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be "happy". I think the purpose of  life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference, that you lived at all."  Leo C. Rosten

"I slept and dreamt that life was Joy, and then I awoke and realized that life  was Duty, And then I went to work-- and lo and behold I discovered that Duty can be Joy." Rabindranth Tagore

"The secret of life is to have a task...something you bring everything to...And the most important thing is - it must be something you cannot possibly do."  Henry Moore sculptor, as quoted in

“The goal of life is not to self-improve but to self-remember.” Robin Sharma

“Let your life stand for possibility, passion and wonder.” Robin Sharma

“The source of happiness is to live for something bigger than yourself.” Robin Sharma

“Before there can be great achievement, there must be great passion.” Robin Sharma

“Stand for something higher.  Live for something greater.” Robin Sharma

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is victory over self." Aristotle

"One golden key to a life of excellence and achievement is to stop doing what is convenient and to start doing what is right." Robin Sharma

"Every day is a new chance to start living a new life."
Robin Sharma

"The heights by great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The tougher you are on yourself, the easier life will be on you." Robin Sharma

"If you don't act on life, life will act on you."
Robin Sharma

"Successful people don't do what's convenient - they do what's right." Robin Sharma

"No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined." Harry Emerson Fosdick Harry Emerson Fosdick

"You can live your life by chance or by choice. It's really up to you." Robin Sharma

“There can be no success without discipline and sacrifice.” Robin Sharma

"On the human chessboard, all moves are possible."
Miriam Schiff

"Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage."
Claude Bristol

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." Helen Keller

"I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian saying Ancient Persian saying

"Every year of my life, I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good and dwell as little as possible on the evil and false." Cecil

"Drag your thoughts away from your troubles - by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage. It's the healthiest thing a body can do." Mark Twain

"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will." Epictetus

"Life is too short to be little."

"Enlightened leaders turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones." Robin Sharma

"A negative thought is like an embryo - the more you feed it, the stronger it grows." Robin Sharma

"A man is known by the company his mind keeps."
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet." Gandhi

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." Albert Einstein Albert Einstein

“The thoughts you are thinking today are creating the life you will be leading tomorrow.” Robin Sharma

"The valuable person in any business is the individual who can and will cooperate with others." Elbert Hubbard

"We have made the world a neighborhood through our scientific genius, and now through our moral commitment we must make of it a brotherhood. We've got to learn to live together as brothers or we'll perish as fools." Martin Luther King Jr.

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them become what they are capable of being." Goethe

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier." Mother Teresa

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." Carl Jung

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
Neale Donald Walsch

"Adventure is a human need. We recognize it as the daring thing which makes us bigger than our usual selves. Adventure is the curiosity of man to see the other side of the mountain, the impulse in him that makes him break his bonds with lesser things and frees him for greater possibility." Walt Burnett

"The timid person, afraid to be drowned, will remain on the shore while the daring swimmer will dive deep and score all the pearls." Dad

"To live greatly, you must risk greatly. If you only take small risks, you are only entitled to a small life." Robin Sharma

"I think we should follow one simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk." Dr. Joyce Brothers

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away." Henry David Thoreau

"There is the risk you cannot afford to take and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take." Peter Drucker

“Run towards the things that make you uncomfortable daily.  The greatest risk is not taking risks.” Robin Sharma

"Wisdom is the sunlight of the soul."
German saying

"If you're doing  something a certain way because it's always been done that way, then you're probably doing it wrong."  Colin Baden, VP Design, Oakley Inc.

"Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them." Marcus Aurelius

"It is in changing that things find purpose."

“The only thing you can expect from life is the unexpected.” Robin Sharma

"The things that people see as failures are often the steps to success. I got my fame and power from the failure of the Bricklin. What did I get for the biggest failure of my life? I got a stamp and a $20 coin in Canada with my car's likeness on them." Malcolm Bricklin, CEO of Visionary Vehicles and automotive revolutionary

"If you don't have much going wrong with your life, then you don't have much going on in your life." Larry Winget

"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."    William Saroyan

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." Chinese proverb

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens

"In despair there are the most intense enjoyments, especially when one is very acutely conscious of the hopelessness of one's position."  FyodorDostoyevsky

"The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper." Aristotle

'I truly believe we don't experience anything without some reason or other. There's something in this somewhere.' "I just think it's a wonderful world and there's some plan somewhere and if you're open, it's there." Canadian Shirley Macklin shortly after being released from an eight day hijacking nightmare aboard i

“Failure is the highway to success.”
Robin Sharma

“The only people without any problems are dead.”
Robin Sharma

“The greater the reward, the greater the struggle.”
Robin Sharma

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain." Emily Dickinson

"The deeper your relationship with others, the more effective will be your leadership. People will not follow you if they not trust you and before someone will lend you a hand, you must first touch their heart." Robin Sharma

"Three fourths of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world will disappear if we step into the shoes of our adversaries and understand their standpoint." Gandhi

“Life is a mirror.  Your outer struggles reflect your inner ones.” Robin Sharma

“Who you will be one year from now will be greatly influenced by the conversations you have and the people you associate with.” Robin Sharma

“You become who you have lunch with.”
Robin Sharma

“There are no extra people on the planet.  There is a call on your life.” Robin Sharma

“Business is all about relationships and the consistent building of trust.” Robin Sharma

“Before someone will lend you a hand, you must touch their heart.” Robin Sharma

“Laughter is a great connector of human hearts.”
Robin Sharma

"I promise you  this: at the end of your days, you will discover that the things you now perceive to be the big things in your life will be seen as little things and all those things that your now believe to be the little things, you will realize, were really the big things." Robin Sharma

"Gandhi said  'One cannot do right in one area of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in another; Life is one indivisible whole.' This point of wisdom is profound. A commitment to excellence is not just reserved for a few select areas of your life - it must be reflected in everything  you do. Your diet must reflect your commitment to excellence. Your physique must reflect your commitment to excellence. Your personal habits must reflect your commitment to excellence and your thoughts must reflect a commitment to excellence." Robin Sharma

"It doesn't particularly impress me when someone shows a commitment to excellence when things are easy. What impresses and moves me are those brave souls who do great things when times are challenging. I refer to the mother who makes the time to read for an hour after a full day of work and an evening caring for her children. I think of the business executive who rises at 5 am on a cold winter's day and leaves the comfort of his warm bed to exercise before a day packed with obligations because this was a quiet promise he made to himself. I write of the entry-level worker who goes the extra mile for every customer though most show no appreciation because he knows in his heart this is the right thing to do. Such acts impress me." Robin Sharma

"To arrive at a place called Mastery, you must commit to daily and rigorous practice. Enjoy practising your craft for its own sake without turning your attention to your ultimate destination. Understand, once and for all, that the journey is as important as the destination." Robin Sharma

"Being an elite performer on the playing field of life is not about being perfect.  Rather, it is about cultivating a mental focus towards mastery in every area of your life. It is about commiting yourself, from the core of your heart, to manifest and polish your highest talents and become the person you are destined to be." Robin Sharma

"Mastery in  work and in life is about commiting yourself to being excellent in everything you do, no matter how small and no matter if no one is watching. Do you practice excellence in your most private moments?"  Robin Sharma

"Young man,  make your name worth something."
Andrew Carnegie

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed 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.

“Today, make the decision to be one of the best in the world at what you do.” Robin Sharma

“Turn your wounds into wisdom and your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.” Robin Sharma

“It could take you 30 years to build your reputation and 30 seconds to lose it.” Robin Sharma

“The things that get scheduled are things that get done.” Robin Sharma

“There will never be a better time to make a heart felt decision to live your biggest life.” Robin Sharma

“Failure is the price of ambition.”
Robin Sharma

“You only have a small window of opportunity to be a developer and a champion of your children.  Before you know it they’ll be gone.” Robin Sharma

“Most people give up just before reaching their greatest win.” Robin Sharma

“Treat everyone you meet as if they might die tomorrow.” Robin Sharma

“No one on their deathbed ever regretted being the most loving person they knew.” Robin Sharma

“The best of the best never give up.  Persistence is a core trait of greatness.” Robin Sharma

“Making the time to care for yourself is not a selfish act, it’s a selfless one that will positively impact all those around you.” Robin Sharma

“With big gifts come great responsibilities.  You have a duty to shine.” Robin Sharma

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear... not absence of fear." Mark Twain

"It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life."               Sister Elizabeth Kenny

"Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals."               David Ogilvy

"He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all." Miguel de Cervantes

"The people that get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."  George Bernard Shaw

“Embrace your fears.  They are the gateways to your growth.” Robin Sharma

“The fears you don’t face, imprison you.”
Robin Sharma

“The place where your greatest fears live is also the place where your greatest growth lies.” Robin Sharma

“Don’t run away from your fears.  Run towards your fears.  An extraordinary life will follow.” Robin Sharma

“Your fears are nothing more than your growth coming to get you.” Robin Sharma

"I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and to read the other." Seneca

"Happiness is the offspring of concentrated action. Excellence is achieved through the progressive realization of incremental goals along the path of your life's mission." Robin S. Sharma, in Timeless Wisdom for Self-Mastery

"Life's like a play: it's not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters." Seneca

"When one door closes another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us." Alexander Graham Bell

"Try not to become a man of success but rather a man of value." Albert Einstein

"Happiness is the fullest use of one's powers along lines of excellence." John F Kennedy

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small  tasks as if they were great and noble. " Helen Keller

"You cannot have what you want if you are content to remain what you are." Robin Sharma

"If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them,  but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them." Louisa May Alcott

“Life is short.  Play big.”
Robin Sharma

“What would the little child who you used to be think of the human being that you have now become?” Robin Sharma

“As CEO, I don't have all the answers, just the questions.” Malcolm Bricklin, CEO of Visionary Vehicles and automotive revolutionary

"Life is too short to be little."
Benjamin Disraeli

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."            Motto of the Christopher Society

"Don't surrender leadership of your life to your moods"
Robin Sharma

"The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision."  Hellen Keller

"Leadership  is not about executive position or title. It is about connection and influence. At its highest, leadership is all about adding value to the world and blessing lives through the work you do." Robin Sharma

"The deeper the relationship, the more effective the leadership. Relationship-building is Job #1 for any leader. Why? Because people will not follow you if they do not trust you. And people will not lend you a hand until you first touch their hearts." Robin Sharma

"All it takes is one match to light a forest fire."

"...I think that ideally that is how a company works. It becomes a place of ideas, not a place of position." Jack Welch

"The price of  greatness is responsibility." 
Winston Churchill

"No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves."
Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Leadership strategy must not be driven by a quest for more money but a commitment to greater humanity." Robin Sharma

"He who praises everybody, praises nobody."
James Boswell

"The person who makes promises to everyone ultimately pleases no one." Robin Sharma

“You are far more powerful than you know.”
Robin Sharma

“Spend some time in silence today.  Leader, know thyself.” Robin Sharma

"Creativity is all about seeing what everybody else is seeing and thinking what nobody else is thinking." Robin Sharma

“The secret of innovation is to see what all see but think what none think.” Robin Sharma

All organizations are merely conceptual embodiments of a very old, very basic idea - the idea of community. They can be no more or less than the sum of the beliefs of the people drawn to them; of their character, judgements, acts and efforts." Dee Hock, founder of VISA

"Before you can do something you must be something."

"Rather than spending all your time trying to do great things, spend more time trying to be a great person. That is the secret to doing great things." Robin Sharma

"The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become." Ashley Montagu

"The delights of self-discovery are always available."
Gail Sheehy

"Start to see yourself for who you really are: a traveller, an explorer or on the path of life, confidently advancing along the path of enlightenment towards your destiny. Don't lose sight of the things that are truly vital in your life." Robin Sharma

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
John Dryden

"Nothing happens unless first a dream."
Carl Sandburg

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor." Henry David Thoreau

"Mankind's common instinct for reality has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism." William James

"Frequent encounters with danger are a part of life... making you inwardly strong... instilling in you a profound awareness of life... bringing new meaning, and richness." I Ching

"No life is so hard that one can't make it easier by the way one accepts it." Glasgow

"The most fully actualized people that I studied over ten years consistently pushed the envelope. These people consistently demanded far more of themselves every day than anyone else ever expected from them. These people raised their standards and committed themselves from their hearts to be the best they could be and to live a life of uncommon wonder. This is what self-mastery is all about." Robin Sharma

"Life management begins with mind management. The quality of your life is influenced by the quality of your thoughts. Your thoughts do form your world. Scarce thoughts create a life of scarcity. Thoughts of abundance lead to abundant circumstances." Robin Sharma

"A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses." Chinese Proverb

"Before you can come to know your purpose, you must come to know yourself." Robin Sharma

"Your creativity comes from the universal source of all creation, the source of all intelligence and wisdom." Robin Sharma

"Simplify your life. Don't waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don't burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don't destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!" Henry David Thoreau

"Most people try to know more to become more clever every day, where as I attempt to become more simple and uncomplicated everyday." Zen expression

"The most satisfied and enlightened people realize that successful and dynamic living starts from within. Before you can care for others, you must care for yourself." Robin Sharma

"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn." Jazz legend Charlie Parker

"He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened." Lao-Tzu

"Remember, no matter what your background is and what your current circumstances are, you have the capacity to take action. This is one of the golden threads of humanity - we all have the power to act in a way that will improve the quality of our lives." Robin Sharma

"All things are difficult before they are easy."
Thomas Fuller

"True joy is serene. The seat of it is within and there is no cheerfulness like the resolution of a brave mind not to be elevated or dejected with good or ill fortune." Seneca

"Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul- the blueprints of your ultimate achievements." Napoleon Hill

"We cannot live better than in seeking to become better."

"The wise man will always reflect concerning the quality not the quantity of life." Seneca

"There is nothing noble in being superior to others. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self." Indian saying

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves"
Sir Edmund Hillary

"We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments." Abraham Maslow

"Carpenters bend wood. Fletchers bend arrows. Wise men fashion themselves." Buddha

“Clarity precedes mastery and the best among us know their goals and missions intimately.” Robin Sharma

“To make others feel really good about themselves, you must first feel really good about yourself.” Robin Sharma

“You can’t do good until you feel good.  Success begins within.” Robin Sharma

“The greatest people who have walked the planet before us were those who held the biggest dreams.  Spend time with your dreams daily.” Robin Sharma

"Focus on the worthy. Concentrate on the essentials. Commit to the Vital Few. Spend the remaining hours of your life only on those activities that will yield the highest return on investment." Robin Sharma

"Stop working harder. Start living smarter."
Robin Sharma

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." Peter Drucker

"The person who strives to do everything accomplishes nothing." Robin Sharma

"We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them." Seneca

"It is useless to desire more time if you are already wasting what little you have." James Allen

“Most people wish they had more time yet they waste the time they have.” Robin Sharma

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller

"Enthusiasm signifies God in us."
Madame De Stael

"When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator." Gandhi

"Success is the satisfaction of feeling that one is realizing one's ideal." Anna Pavlova

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor." Robert Louis Stevenson

"Character is the foundation of all worthwhile success."
John Hays Hammond

"Never sacrifice happiness for the sake of achievement. The real key to life is to happily achieve." Robin Sharma

"Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself." Viktor Frankl

"It's never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot

"A long, healthy and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others." Hans Selye

“The giant key to success is to deal with the challenges of the moment without losing sight of the promises of the future.” Robin Sharma

“Your health is your wealth.”
Robin Sharma

“What would do today if you had a deep knowing that it was impossible to fail?” Robin Sharma

“Sustained happiness comes, not from what we get but from what we give.” Robin Sharma

“A great life is nothing more than a series of well lived days strung together like a necklace of pearls.” Robin Sharma

"There is no knowledge that is not power."

"If you conquer your mind, you conquer the world."
Indian Proverb

"The books that help you the most are those that make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading: but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty." Theodore Parker

"Make thy books thy companions. Let thy cases and shelves be thy pleasure grounds  and gardens." Judah ibn-Tibbon

“A key trait of greatness is to never lose your lust for learning.” Robin Sharma

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